Showtime has given a series order to anthology series Super Pumped, which is based on Mike Isaac’s bestselling book Super Pumped: The Battle for Uber, according to a Showtime press release. Emmy winner Joseph Gordon-Levitt (10 Things I Hate About You) has signed on to star in the series as Travis Kalanick, Uber’s CEO.
Brian Koppelman (Billions), Beth Schacter (Soundtrack), and David Levien (Rounders) have all signed on to executive produce, write, and serve as showrunners. Super Pumped follows one of Silicon Valley’s most successful yet destructive companies, Uber. The series will feature the upstart transportation company amidst the unpredictable “highs and lows of Silicon Valley,” as stated in a Showtime press release. Each season of the anthology will explore a separate tale that changed the business world forever.
Gordon-Levitt, who most recently starred in the Oscar-nominated The Trial of the Chicago 7 and Project Power, is also slated to appear in the half-hour dramedy series Mr. Corman, which he created and directs. The announcement regarding his newest project was announced by Executive President of Scripted Programming at Showtime, Amy Israel, who stated, “Joseph Gordon-Levitt is a remarkably intelligent and charismatic actor, embodying charm with an unpredictable edge,” she continued, “We are beyond excited to see what he will bring to the role of Travis Kalanick, the hyperbrilliant and controversial CEO whose ambition and reckless drive threatened the very enterprise he was determined to build,” via a Showtime press release.