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Elon Musk is on everyone’s mind right now as his intention to buy Twitter becomes a reality despite efforts to curtail the acquisition. Now FX and The New York Times announced that they’ll be releasing a documentary about the South African-born billionaire in May.
According to Variety, “Elon Musk’s Crash Course,” is the newest production from FX and The New York Times as part of their collaborative documentary series “The New York Times Presents.” These projects provide in depth looks at “prominent people and events ranging from Janet Jackson to Juul to the 2020 Australian bushfire disasters.”
The most famous of these so far were two popular documentaries about Britney Spears, “Framing Britney Spears” and “Controlling Britney Spears.” These accounts became so popular that they energized her fan base, eventually leading to petitions to end Spears’ conservatorship. Their activism helped that idea become a reality.
The exposé will mostly focus on negative aspects of Tesla. Variety reported that the documentary, which is directed by Emma Schwartz, will explore the future-minded company and their development of self-driving cars.
The publication shared, “Featuring the reporting from Cade Metz and Neal Boudette of The New York Times, the film will dive into how Tesla’s Autopilot program has resulted in several deaths that Musk and the company has yet to publicly acknowledge, and details Musk’s efforts to kill government investigations into the incidents. Several former Tesla employees will be featured in the documentary, speaking out against Musk for the first time.”
The Hollywood Reporter says the deep dive will also examine “pressure Elon Musk [has] put on government officials to quash investigations.”
The episode will debut May 20 at 10 p.m. on FX and Hulu.
Musk has been making headlines for weeks as he aggressively seeks to acquire Twitter. Late on Monday, the company announced they’d reached an agreement to be acquired by Musk for $54.20 per share in a deal valued at $44 billion, The Daily Wire reported.
“Under the terms of the agreement, Twitter stockholders will receive $54.20 in cash for each share of Twitter common stock that they own upon closing of the proposed transaction,” the company said in a statement. “The purchase price represents a 38% premium to Twitter’s closing stock price on April 1, 2022, which was the last trading day before Mr. Musk disclosed his approximately 9% stake in Twitter.”
Social media exploded with commentary, with the hashtag #TwitterTakeover trending and many users threatening to leave the platform. On the opposite side, Musk’s fans were cheering the acquisition as a banner day for free speech.