While a fairly modern addition to our society, it is hard to remember a time before Uber. Set to detail the company’s humble beginnings all the way through to its status as the celebrated taxi service that it is today is the upcoming TV show Super Pumped which will see Joseph Gordon-Levitt star as Uber’s disgraced CEO Travis Kalanick.
Based on Mike Isaac’s Super Pumped: The Battle for Uber, the plot of the Showtime show will see the 500 Days of Summer actor star as the controversial founder as the taxi service’s transformation from Silicon Valley startup to tech powerhouse unfolds in a story of tech domination. But, behind the company’s shiny exterior lies scandals, coverups and accusations of a toxic workplace as the semi-biographical dramatisation promises to highlight the perils of having a corrupt CEO at the helm of a company rising through the ranks. And, with the 2017 boardroom coup, which resulted in the CEO’s demise, set to offer a climax in the show, a pensive suit-clad Gordon-Levitt and plenty of corporate drama are promised.
With Gordon-Levitt standing as the only name from the show’s cast to be revealed, and no release date in sight, the project seems to be in its primary stages. But, as we embark on an intense internet investigation into Travis Kalanick’s history, an explosive set of revelations about the taxi service hangs in the balance.