Jason Blum‘s Blumhouse Productions are usually known for their genre work, but Blum and Oscar-winning screenwriter Charles Randolph are collaborating on something a little different. The duo are teaming up for a film revolving around the rise and fall of WeWork, the embattled commercial real estate company.
The film will be based on the extensive reporting from Fast Company journalist Katrina Brooker, who is also writing a soon-to-be-published book. The book will “examine the intertwined lives and ambitions of WeWork founder Adam Neumann and Masayoshi Son, the CEO of Softbank who became one of WeWork’s biggest investors”.
Randolph won an Oscar for penning The Big Short, and is the screenwriter behind the upcoming Fox News drama, Bombshell. So he knows a thing or two about controversies. He will write and produce alongside Blum, and the film is reportedly being fast tracked by Universal and Blumhouse.
Blum has tried to spread his wings in the last few years to avoid being pigeonholed as solely a horror producer. He produced Spike Lee‘s BlacKkKlansman which netted a Best Picture nomination, and he’s also producing Richard Linklater‘s ambitious (to say the least) adaptation of Stephen Sondheim‘s musical, Merrily We Roll Along. Linklater will shoot the film over the course of 20 years.
Blum will hope he doesn’t have to wait quite as long for industry recognition outside of the horror genre. Blumhouse’s next release is the third remake of festive slasher Black Christmas, which is actually released the same day as Universal drops Randolph’s Bombshell – Friday, December 13.