Not to be overshadowed by other social media institutions when it comes to dramatization of its beginnings, Twitter may be getting a TV origin story of its own. Nellie Andreeva of Deadline reports that Lionsgate TV is developing at series based on New York Times writer Nick Bilton's book Hatching Twitter: A True Story of Money, Power, Friendship, and Betrayal. Bilton is attached to produce and script the show.
Naturally, producer Allison Shearmur is already being forced to differentiate this from The Social Network, David Fincher and Aaron Sorkin's Facebook movie. "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," she said per Deadline.
The concept of a Twitter movie has been on the tip of people's tongues ever since The Social Network came out in 2010. Here, for instance, is one parody video. Earlier this year, upon the release of Bilton's book, the folks over at Quartz suggested potential casting for the film. Seth MacFarlane as Biz Stone, indeed.
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