[Movies] Lionsgate TV Working On Film About The Birth Of Twitter
Posted by Joseph Lee on 12.19.2013
Or the hatching, if you will...
According to The Hollywood Reporter, Lionsgate Television is preparing to adapt a book about Twitter's origins into a TV movie. They are working with Allison Shearmur (The Hunger Games, FX's American Psycho series) to develop Nick Bilton's novel Hatching Twitter: A True Story of Money, Power, Friendship and Betrayal, which is a New York Times best-seller. Bilton is a columnist and reporter for the Times. He will write the script and produce. The film follows how Twitter was created by four friends and turned into what it is now. It focuses on the "relationships, battles, power grabs and betrayals along the way". Lionsgate called it one of the "most talked-about books of the year." It was named one of the books of the year by The Economist, Gizmodo, Mashable and was an Amazon Best Book of the Month in November.
Lionsgate TV Group chairman Kevin Beggs said: "Twitter has transformed almost every aspect of our lives from politics to business to friendship, and I can't think of a more compelling story to adapt for television right now. Nick's book has all the elements of a great drama with its complex characters, high-stakes power struggles and betrayed friendships, and we're extremely fortunate to have Alli Shearmur on board as executive producer."
Shearmur (former president of motion pictures production for Lionsgate) added: "Hatching Twitter will go behind the scenes of a groundbreaking Silicon Valley company in a way that's never been captured before on television. The Social Network was a perfect film, and this series will be different, providing a longer view of the work/life changes, gamesmanship and personal sacrifices made by a group of individuals who are building a company that will change the way that people communicate."
Bilton said: "I am thrilled to work with Allison Shearmur and Lionsgate to adapt my book about the power, betrayal and billions of dollars that swirl through Silicon Valley. The story of Hatching Twitter really speaks to a generation that has searched for friendship through technology and it will be very exciting to see it brought to life on screen."
Lionsgate is starting to find TV success with Netflix's Orange is the New Black, AMC's Mad Men, ABC's Nashville, Showtime's Nurse Jackie and History's Houdini miniseries.