It’s absolutely fine that Darren Aronofsky is making an Elon Musk movie, you fucking morons

Tom Davidson
2 min readNov 18, 2023

Could this blog post have been an irate tweet (sorry Elon, ‘post’)? Probably! But I want to blog it for posterity just in case the continued decline of X (sorry Elon) results in the whole hellsite spontaneously combusting.

Elon Musk, X owner and billionaire moron (picture courtesy of Getty Images)

It was announced last week that Darren Aronofsky, a filmmaker of some renown, is set to direct a film about Elon Musk, hot on the heels of a landmark Walter Isaacson biography.

Film Twitter (and beyond) has largely reacted with anger and confusion.

(Reddit comment from two hours before this blog was published: “Aronofsky hasn’t even started to make that biopic, but it already aged like milk. How many more times will Elon make a fool of himself till that movie premieres?”)

Sigh.

The more things change the more things stay the same.

The reaction was exactly the same when it was announced, some 14+ years ago, that David Fincher was making ‘a Facebook movie’ (Summed up: no thanks).

He ended up delivering a 21st century masterpiece (The fucking King’s Speech winning over The Social Network at the Oscars: sick and wrong).

Granted, Zuckerberg at the time was merely uncool and not the public enemy No1 that Musk is intent on casting himself (and that Zuckerberg turned into, for a time).

But let’s trust our filmmakers? Especially those who clearly have some artistic flair and agency? (The Whale is a bad movie).

There’s no evidence this will be a hagiography. Isaacson’s book is reported to basically paint Musk as an overpowered, juvenile man-child.

Scriptwriting and casting will be a difficult needle to thread, as will deciding what part of Musk’s chaotic life to concentrate on.

But Aronofsky is a director not afraid to take risks (see: Requiem for a Dream, The Fountain, mother!).

No one should be close-minded enough to damn it yet.

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Tom Davidson

31-year-old journalist living in south westLondon trying my hand at some film writing as and when