Here's What Lionsgate's Twitter Book-Turned-TV Show Might Look Like
Remember when The Social Network came out and everyone was like "Guys it's the origin story of Facebook! Imagine all the dirty little secrets and searching character studies we get to witness!" and then the movie came out and it won a bunch of Oscars? Well get ready for a vaguely less enthusiastic re-run of that (awards TBD), because Twitter's getting turned into a TV show.
Or, at least, the origin story of Twitter is. Lionsgate's acquired the rights to Hatching Twitter: A True Story Of Money, Power, Friendship, and Betrayal, written by New York Times columnist Nick Bilton. They reportedly plan to turn the story into a TV show.
So what could that show possibly look like? Let's look at the Amazon description of the book to find out:
In 2005, Odeo was a struggling podcasting start-up founded by free-range hacker Noah Glass and staffed by a motley crew of anarchists. Less than two years later, its days were numbered and half the staff had been let go. But out of Odeo’s ashes, the remaining employees worked on a little side venture . . . that by 2013 had become an $11.5 billion business. That much is widely known. But the full story of Twitter’s hatching has never been told before. It’s a drama of betrayed friendships and high-stakes power struggles, as the founders went from everyday engineers to wealthy celebrities featured on magazine covers, The Oprah Winfrey Show, The Daily Show, and Time’s list of the world’s most influential people. New York Times columnist and reporter Nick Bilton takes readers behind the scenes as Twitter grew at exponential speeds. He gets inside the heads of the four hackers out of whom the company tumbled
There's literally a zero percent chance (partially because I'm writing this article right now and already taking that off the table) that this project won't be compared for months to come to The Social Network. But hey, at least it'll be interesting to see how they create an ongoing story — as television requires — out of a biography of such recent events.