The six-part limited series, which is based on the book ‘Spotify Untold’ by Sven Carlsson and Jonas Leijonhufvud, will tell a story about a ‘fictionalized account’ of Spotify’s co-founders including chief Daniel Ek.
AceShowbiz -Netflix is reportedly producing an original series chronicling Spotify, one of the music industry’s successful startups. According to a new report, the planned project will tell a story about a “fictionalized account” of Spotify’s co-founders including chief Daniel Ek.
Variety states that the series will be about “the young Swedish tech entrepreneur Daniel Ek and his key partners who shook up the music industry by offering free and legal streamed music around the world.” Based on the book “Spotify Untold” by Sven Carlsson and Jonas Leijonhufvud, it will document the rise of Spotify under Ek and his business partner Martin Lorentzon.
The book also covers Steve Jobs‘ personal war on Spotify’s U.S. launch, the challenge to get record labels to sign up the contract as well as widely publicized conflicts with the likes of Taylor Swift and Bob Dylan. It was also said that Carlsson and Leijonhufvud conducted over 70 interviews to write the book about “David vs Goliath story about how strong convictions, unrelenting willpower, and big dreams can help small players take on the titans of tech.”
Netflix has also tapped actors to play on the limited series, which is set to have six episodes. Edvin Endre (“Vikings“) is set to play Daniel Ek, while Ulf Stenberg (“Beartown“) joins as Per Sundin. The cast also includes Gizem Erdogan (“Caliphate“) as Petra Hansson, Joel Lutzow (“Gasmamman“) as Andreas Ehn, and Christian Hillborg (“The Last Kingdom“) as Martin Lorentzon. It remains to be seen if Steve Jobs-like figure will be making an appearance on the series.
Back in 2019, Carlsson told Variety about detailing the conflict between Apple and Spotify on his book, “[I and Leijonhufvud] both felt a rush of adrenaline when we unraveled the details about the conflict between Apple and Spotify. After several months of research, we could finally account for how Jobs actively worked to oppose Spotify’s establishment in the U.S., and what he may have been thinking. It gave the story an edge.”
The planned project is scheduled to arrive on Netflix sometime in 2022.
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