A ‘Social Network’ TV Series? Lionsgate Prepping Website Drama ‘Hatching Twitter’
We’ve all seen at least one version of Facebook’s dramatic origins, but what of its spiritual offshoot Twitter? The studio behind ‘Mad Men‘ and ‘Orange Is the New Black‘ is plotting to bring ‘The Social Network’ to TV with a new ongoing series based on New York Times best-seller ‘Hatching Twitter: A True Story of Money, Power, Friendship, and Betrayal,’ but what will set ‘Hatching Twitter’ apart from Aaron Sorkin‘s film?
“’Hatching Twitter’ will go behind the scenes of a groundbreaking Silicon Valley company in a way that’s never been captured before on television,” says executive producer Allison Shearmur (‘The Hunger Games‘) of the new project. “‘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.”
Nick Bilton’s book chronicling the origins of the 140-character update phenomenon has frequently been cited as one of the best reads of the year by the likes of The Economist, Gizmodo and Mashable, earning Amazon’s November Best Book of the Month. Bilton will pen the initial script, and also act as an executive producer. No network has yet been attached to the potential project.
Says Lionsgate TV Group chairman Kevin Beggs:
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 onboard as executive producer.
What do you think? Does the idea of a ‘Social Network’-style TV series for ‘Hatching Twitter’ sound like something to flourish on TV? What would you want to know about development of the famous website? Let’s all watch that classic ‘Social Network’ trailer below, and give us your thoughts in the comments!
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