Series creators Brian Koppelman and David Levien have a highly successful show in the form of Showtime's Billions. Not only has the show succeeded in the ratings but has been an award contender for most of it's run. So it's no surprise that Showtime is giving them the reigns for another show in the form of a new anthology series titled Super Pumped. The hope is that each season will focus on a new story about real-life events that rocked the business world. It's already been confirmed that season one carries the subtitle of "The Battle for Uber" which will deal with the rise of the driver app along with eventual ousting of the company’s CEO, Travis Kalanick, due to a boardroom coup. Today, it's been announced that the show has found it's Kalanick in the form of actor Joseph Gordon-Levitt.
Koppelman and Levien are teaming up with Beth Schacter for the series with the trio serving as writers and co-showrunners. Amy Israel, Showtime’s EVP Scripted Programming, had this to say on Gordon-Levitt's casting:
“Joseph Gordon-Levitt is a remarkably intelligent and charismatic actor, embodying charm with an unpredictable edge. We are beyond excited to see what he will bring to the role of Travis Kalanick, the hyper-brilliant and controversial CEO whose ambition and reckless drive threatened the very enterprise he was determined to build. We are equally thrilled to be partnering on another series with Brian Koppelman, David Levien and Beth Schacter, who always deliver provocative and deeply entertaining shows that drive cultural conversation.”
No production start date has been announced at this time. Stay tuned!