WeCrashed is the strangest pipeline in the podcast-to-TV pipeline

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If it weren’t already abundantly evident from Hulu’s The abandonment and Showtime Super pumped: the battle for UberApple TV Plus’ We collapsed is a subtle reminder of Hollywood’s current obsession with turning relatively recent news cycles focusing on disgraced technology founders into glitzy prestige dramas. We collapsed he has enough in common with his peers that you can easily recognize a nascent formula that the industry seems to cling to with these adaptations. But the new show manages to bring something slightly different to the table with a series of shows that are as merciless as they are fascinating to watch, given who We collapsed talks about and who is portraying them.

Based on the eponymous podcast Wondery, We collapsed by co-creators Lee Eisenberg and Drew Crevello tells the story of how Adam Neumann (Jared Leto) went from selling unfit baby clothes to building one of the largest coworking companies in the world and was eventually ousted from organization in a few years. The real Neumann is a fairly self-exalting character that it’s easy to imagine versions of this series focusing solely on him. Objective We collapsed knows how crucial the stories of Neumann’s wife Rebekah (Anne Hathaway) and co-founder Miguel McKelvey (Kyle Marvin) are to understanding WeWork’s origins, its culture, and how a real estate startup managed to convince everyone to see it as a tech company worth millions of dollars to invest in.

Because there are always people who may not necessarily have been following the news at the time, We collapsed tells the story of WeWork by jumping between significant points in the company’s history, starting in 2019, the year WeWork’s board moved to remove Neumann from the position of CEO. We collapsed introduces Neumann for the first time at a time when his reputation as a compelling speaker and tenacious entrepreneur was badly damaged by widespread news about things like WeWork’s reckless spending, a sexist workplace culture, and a growing pile of lawsuits . Even though the writing was a lot on the wall for Neumann in 2019, We collapsed it shows you how confident he still was in the belief that it would lead WeWork to a successful IPO because that kind of unwavering faith in itself seems to have been one of his guiding principles as a founder.

Most of Neumann’s classmates at Baruch College can’t help but laugh at that confidence when they hear him throw years earlier in one of the We collapsedThere are a lot of flashbacks. But that’s exactly what draws McKelvie into his orbit and convinces him to join another coworking adventure that would serve as WeWork’s precursor. While We collapsed generally presents his story in a way that is meant to be informative for those who come to the WeWork saga fresh, Eisenberg and Crevello’s scripts focus on Neumann’s interactions with those closest to him to establish the idea that his success in business it was a consequence of his willingness to exploit people.

We collapsedThe montage detailing the feverish night that McKelvey pulled on his own that led to the creation of Greendesk feels very much a part of the founders’ current series of shows. Here, however, the sequence also serves as one of many examples of Neumann’s willingness to take credit for the work of others and how those around him often felt unable to speak for themselves.

Compared to Marvin’s McKelvey, who often feels comfortable playing the second violin of Leto’s cartoon, but not inaccurate, he faces Neumann, Hathaway as Rebekah Neumann (née Paltrow, of those Paltrows), enters as a presence aware that he can recognize her soon – The insatiable hunger for business of the future husband as a red flag in reality. Rebekah has some understanding of the emotional emptiness that exists within Adam because it’s something she struggled with herself, and We collapsed he frames them as a couple linked by a shared attraction and a marked undercurrent of madness that transforms over time.

We collapsed it doesn’t exactly use a lot of tricks to distract you from the fact that, structurally, it’s not all that different from other founder shows. This is because there is only so much reinvention of the wheel when it comes to adapting real-world events to entertainment and because the stories of many unicorn companies have some details in common, such as founders promising too much to secure money from investors. .

What We collapsed she’s right – and the show works intelligently to differentiate themselves – it’s the fact that two of the real people its core characters are based on are known to be pretty quirky in ways that both Hathaway and Leto are more than willing to have fun. with.

As tempting as it may be to interpret We collapsedNeumann in the role of Jared Leto is simply Jared Leto in the name of art, of his performance And legitimately impressive when you actually compare it to any of the many Neumann clips that can be found online. The same goes for Hathaway’s Rebekah, who moves through multiple unsatisfactory and unsuccessful lives as a stock trader, yoga instructor and actress, all while living in the shadow of her much more successful cousin. Although the vocal imitation and Hathaway behavior as Neumann are what immediately jump out, what ends up making her performance one of the We collapsedRebekah’s bright spots are how her weirdness speaks to an emotional turmoil that Rebekah herself can’t directly articulate.

We collapsed it’s not a comedy, but there is a comedic quality to the show, even in some of its more serious moments due to how so many people involved in WeWork’s history have behaved in absolutely ridiculous ways. Throughout the show, the truth about what WeWork is – a company that subleases office space – repeatedly pierces the thick, opaque bubble of distorted reality Neumann projects and will leave you wondering why, exactly, these people have been entrusted with so many. money to run a fundamentally non-innovative business. We collapsed it doesn’t exactly go to the point of mocking the coworking industry, but rather the show wants you to think about how these types of businesses are born and what kinds of people are allowed to be their administrators.

We collapsed the cast also includes America Ferrera, Steven Boyer, OT Fagbenle, Shanti Ashanti, Eui-sung Kim and Cricket Brown. The first three episodes of the show are now streaming on Apple TV Plus.

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