Joseph Gordon-Levitt stars as Travis Kalanick in Showtime’s Uber series. The first TV network announced who is developing a show that will explore what happens behind the scenes in the riding company in 2019. It is supposed to be a limited series based on the book by Mike Isaac Super Pumped: The Battle for Uber and “will represent the upstart transportation company’s roller coaster ride” since its inception through its IPO. Now, Variety says it composes the first season of a new anthology.
Each season will tell the story of a society that shook the business world and changed cultures around the world. Uber’s season will feature the company’s controversial co-founder who served as CEO from 2010 to 2017 as a central figure.
Kalanick was fired as CEO of Uber after strong pressure from a large number of shareholders. Under his leadership, the company was attached to a fairly long list of scandals: it was often in the news to have a sexist and toxic work culture, for reports approx sexual assaults by conductors, for driver’s pay disputes and to use a “greyballing“tool to evade the authority of the world. Isaac Super Pumped faced with these problems, then we probably see them in the show, too.
The series doesn’t even have a release date, but we do know at this point that Brian Koppelman and David Levien (Billion), and Beth Schacter will be writing the script and serving as showrunners. Amy Israel, executive vice president of written programming at Showtime, said:
“Joseph Gordon-Levitt is a remarkably intelligent and charismatic actor, who embodies a charm with an unpredictable advantage. We are beyond the excitement of seeing what he will bring to the role of Travis Kalanick, the hyper-brilliant and controversial CEO who his ambition and recklessness threatened him he was very determined to build ”.
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