Jennifer Lawrence is teaming up with Adam McKay for a Theranos movie.
Recently, it was revealed that the blood-testing startup Theranos and it’s founder Elizabeth Holmes may have gone from billionaire to flat-out broke. Now, Hollywood is looking to profit off of Holmes’ story by creating a movie starring Jennifer Lawrence.
According to Deadline, The Big Short director Adam McKay is working on a Theranos movie, and Jennifer Lawrence is “attaching herself” to the feature. Variety points out that “the duo will take meetings with studios next week in what will likely result in a heated bidding war in the weeks to come.” There aren’t that many details surrounding the project, but the story behind the Theranos corporation is something every business student will reading about for the next 20 to 30 years.
Founded in 2003 by Holmes, Theranos claimed to have revolutionized blood testing by being able to use only a pinprick of blood, rather than traditional methods of drawing blood by injection. The company however is now under investigation over claims of inaccurate test results and Holmes’ own worth- at one point valued at $4.5 billion by Forbes thanks to her 50% stake in the company- has plummeted to a fraction of that. What’s more, Thermanos may even be banned from practising for two years for failing to resolve significant problems at its main California lab, according to a report from federal health regulator The Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services.
Hollywood has a history of profiting off of someone’s tragedy and turning it into a feature film. Even though Holmes is no longer a billionaire at least she has an Academy Award winning actress to play her in a movie.
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