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Theranos founder Elizabeth Holmes was probably thinking things couldn’t get any worse for her.
The medical testing company was worth about $9 billion a year ago. But it has been mired in controversy since an explosive investigative series by the Wall Street Journal cast doubt on the effectiveness of its blood testing system.
Holmes’ credibility has been questioned. Regulators are threatening to ban her from working in the field. Oh, and Forbes dropped its estimate of her personal net worth from $4.5 billion to zilch.
So, what else could possibly go wrong?
How about this scoop courtesy of Deadline: Oscar winner Jennifer “Mockingjay” Lawrence has agreed to play Holmes in a movie written and directed by Adam McKay, the guy behind the Wall Street takedown “The Big Short.”
Yeah, that’s a pretty big bummer.
Though details of the script have not been released, I’m just going to take a wild shot in the dark and guess that the portrayal will not likely be a flattering one. Silicon Valley, after decades of being ignored by Hollywood, has now become one of its favorite punching bags.
Of course, that’s not to say that the leading figures from an area driven by a lust for power and money and a messianic belief in itself are not worthy of scrutiny by the leaders of a region driven by a lust for power and money and a messianic belief in itself. Just sayin’, Hollywood.
Now, one may ask: “But do we really know all the facts about Theranos yet?” To which one might answer: “Welcome to Hollywood, my friend.”
True, things look bad for Theranos at the moment, though many of the reviews and investigations into its diagnostic tools are ongoing.
But, on the other hand, facts didn’t get in the way of the telling of Mark Zuckerberg’s story in The Social Network: How a misogynist jerk ruined the world, or Steve Jobs’ life in Steve Jobs: How an angry jerk abandoned his daughter but still sold lots of stuff.
So, expect to learn some important lessons about greed and ambition and Silicon Valley’s shallow values and how the media can be lapdogs who are easily dazzled by a heartwarming tale of success.
No word on when this might make it to theaters.
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