A guide to all the Elizabeth Holmes content you can watch, read, and listen to
On Wednesday, Deadline broke the news that Kate McKinnon will soon play Elizabeth Holmes. The Saturday Night Live star is set to portray the infamous Theranos founder in a Hulu limited series based on the ABC News podcast of the same name. It’s the latest in a recent wave of content about Theranos, a Silicon Valley startup that promised innovative blood tests that wouldn’t require needles before ultimately being revealed as a fraud.
Ahead of The Dropout, we’ve compiled a guide to all the Theranos material you could read, watch, and listen to in the meantime — and a few future projects to watch out for.
The Dropout podcast
Anyone interested in the upcoming McKinnon series would do well to check out the podcast upon which it’s based. Hosted by ABC News business correspondent Rebecca Jarvis, the show takes listeners on a journey through the multi-year rise and fall of Theranos.
Where to find: Listen to all episodes via ABC News, or wherever podcasts are found.
Bad Blood: Secrets and Lies in a Silicon Valley Startup
Wall Street Journal reporter John Carreyrou was one of the first journalists to break open the Theranos story. After receiving a tip that the company’s celebrated blood test technology wasn’t all it was cracked up to be, Carreyrou reported a front-page story in 2015 with the headline “Hot Startup Theranos Has Struggled With Its Blood-Test Technology.” From there, more and more stories arose, and Carreyrou continued to report them in the face of legal pressure from Theranos’ high-powered backers. But luckily for those of us who don’t have a Wall Street Journal subscription, Carreyrou has written a full reported book about the company’s saga.
Where to find: Read Bad Blood via Amazon, your local library, or wherever books are found.
The Inventor: Out for Blood in Silicon Valley
Director Alex Gibney pulls no punches in this documentary that explores Holmes’ rise and fall, including how she was able to fool people by portraying herself as a revolutionary innovator in the style of Steve Jobs despite not actually having the technology to back it up. You can watch the trailer for that film above.
Where to find: Streaming on HBO.
The Dropout special
Ahead of the upcoming McKinnon series, The Dropout podcast has also been turned into a documentary special by ABC News, as an installment in its 20/20 series.
Where to find: Watch the full episode at ABC’s website.
Vanity Fair articles and podcast
Carreyrou may have been the first, but he wasn’t the only reporter to dig deep on Theranos’ dirty secrets. Vanity Fair‘s Nick Bilton also reported extensively on the company, breaking news such as how Holmes was partying at Burning Man when her company shut down for good. Bilton summarized his reporting in a recent episode of his podcast Inside the Hive.
Upcoming: Bad Blood movie
The Theranos story has been dominating the realms of books, documentaries, and podcasts, but soon it’ll take over movie screens as well. Oscar-nominated Vice director Adam McKay is set to helm an adaptation of Carreyrou’s book, starring Jennifer Lawrence as Holmes with a screenplay by The Shape of Water co-writer Vanessa Taylor.
Where to find: In movie theaters, at some point.
Upcoming: The Dropout show
Not too much is known about the show at this point, other than that McKinnon will both star in and executive produce it. It’s expected to span between six to 10 episodes, and will cover the story of Holmes and Theranos along the same lines that the podcast and TV special have.
Where to find: On Hulu, eventually.