With buzzing pop culture titles like leakageAnd the I crashedAnd the social networkAnd more than that, Hollywood is very interested these days in the stories of entrepreneurs in the real world. In fact, when a handful of these stories saw major adjustments earlier this year, many commented on the trajectory of this emerging subgenre of entertainment.
But the other great feature of this growing category is the interconnectedness of its independent projects.
All of these movies and TV shows, once again, cover the real history of business leaders. So, just as these industry giants live in similar real-world circles, the same drama often references each other’s stories.
Of course, the actors do not overlap and often the details do not, given these adaptations’ fictional statements about real history. But nevertheless, when viewed in successive chronological order, it can act as a cohesive cinematic universe much in the style of the famous Marvel Studios model.
Therefore, for those looking to view titles consecutively, we may try arranging a viewing timeline through this unique timeline. Here is an attempt to create this informal cinematic world of the entrepreneur.
sit here: 1954-1961
We begin our list with a biography of Michael Keaton that documents Ray Kroc’s journey working with the MacDonald brothers and eventually surpassing them as he built one of the most recognized brands in the country.
What are some of the ways it connects?: Since this is the number one title on the timeline, there’s not much to go back to. However, the McDonald’s name soon became very relevant in future versions.
Steve Jobs (2015)
sit here: 1984-1998
Michael Fassbender portrays the famous CTO as Aaron Sorkin’s script walks into three major, and apparently very exciting, events for the product launch. While Sorkin’s screenplay takes a lot of liberties with history, Apple co-founder Steve Wozniak has praised the film.
What are some of the ways it connects?: In one scene, Jobs Fassbender reads a quote from Bill Gates from Microsoft. We haven’t heard that name on the timeline yet, but we should keep it in mind.
wolf of wall street (2013)
sit here: 1987-1998
Martin Scorsese delves into Wall Street in this chaotic retelling of Jordan Belfort’s true story. Taking place around the same time as Steve Jobs, the film sees Leonardo DiCaprio’s launch upside down into a world of success, debauchery, and eventual collapse.
What are some of the ways it connects?: Here we see the first major links to the timeline. At one point in the film, Belfort, amid an impassioned speech, refers to the name McDonald’s as a place where his audience must work if they have problems with how things work in his world. This shows that the business Ray Kroc built has been, to date, a successful household name.
social network (2010)
sit here: 2003-2004
We are stepping into the new millennium with social network, which is another title by Aaron Sorkin which makes for a very interesting retelling of Facebook’s origins. Jesse Eisenberg plays socially distant Mark Zuckerberg while Andrew Garfield sells betrayal as his friend and early collaborator.
What are some of the ways it connects?: After the initial launch of The Facebook, Mark and Eduardo went to hear a lecture from a guest speaker on campus. This speaker is none other than Bill Gates from Microsoft, the same Jobs Gates Fassbender quoted in his movie a few years ago.
The Big Short (2015)
sit here: 2005-2007
This is not technically a founder story. But Adam McKay’s star-studded comedy drama relays, for the most part, faithfully to a major economic event that would affect millions. Crucially, this tangible impact will include founders and companies elsewhere in this timeline.
What are some of the ways it connects?: The explosion of the US housing market has had major repercussions for everyone, as is evident in the future entries on this list.
Molly’s game (2017)
sit here: 2004-2014
This is Aaron Sorkin’s third title on this list, which indicates that the writer and director may have an edge in the type of stories he tells. Molly Bloom’s story takes us into the fascinating world of high stakes poker, allowing us to follow its pivot around many setbacks and obstacles.
What are some of the ways it connects?At one point, Molly skillfully negotiated by noticing the housing market crash (and interestingly enough, she had this conversation with a character played by Jeremy Strong, an actor who also appeared on The Big Short).
Later in the film, Molly’s father also reprimands her for driving a car to a fast food restaurant in her youth. This restaurant was none other than McDonald’s.
sit here: 2003-2016
leakage It brings us to the final round of adaptations to major entrepreneurs. Amanda Seyfried brings a haunting presence to the notorious Elizabeth Holmes who has captured the world’s heart, but loses it in a wonderful time.
What are some of the ways it connects?: At this point the titles start to have many references. Holmes, of course, introduces Steve Jobs: she keeps a poster of him in her room, hires from his company, queues to get the latest Apple products, and goes to the Apple Store to service her device.
After seeing some initial success, Holmes also mentioned meeting Mark Zuckerberg of Facebook fame.
At another point, some Walgreens executives are discussing a new startup called Uber. This takes us to…
super pumping (2022)
sit here: 2009-2017
super pumpingUber’s first season covers a thrilling story of how Travis Kalanick put Uber on the map, while dealing with some fierce controversies along the way. Joseph Gordon-Levitt brings the main man to life as a talented team including Kyle Chandler and Uma Thurman complete the story.
What are some of the ways it connects?: The Facebook influence is evident as Kalanick calls the next Zuckerberg. Moreover, Travis eventually clashed with Steve Jobs’ successor at Apple, Tim Cook.
I crashed (2022)
sit here: 2010-2019
And the latest entry comes with the ups and downs of co-working space giant, Adam Newman. Jared Leto plays the turbulent founder with amazing intensity, while Anne Hathaway directs the dynamic duo.
What are some of the ways it connects?: In an exciting wake-up call for Neumann, the founder turns on the TV to learn that Uber founder Kalanick has quit the company. This moment causes problems for Newman’s future.
Again, these titles were not intended to occupy space in a common world. Because of that, they come in very different tones and are actually the final takeaway. But with so many interconnected recent events filmed at this quality, it can be very interesting to see the new perspectives that come from putting it all together.
And with Hollywood not looking to slow down in this new subgenre anytime soon, it will be interesting to see where this list grows from here.
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