Twitter's Origin Story Heads to the Small Screen
The sordid saga of how Twitter turned from a fledgling status updater to a full-blown social network is coming to the small screen. New York Times reporter Nick Bilton's Hatching Twitter has been optioned by Lionsgate Television.
Thu, December 19, 2013
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Bilton will write the screenplay for the TV series and The Hunger Games producer Allison Shearmur will lead the show's development.
"Hatching Twitter will go behind the scenes of a groundbreaking Silicon Valley company in a way that's never been captured before on television," Shearmur said in a statement. "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's behind-the-scenes look at the four guys who founded Twitter has some juicy moments--I recapped my 10 favorite scenes here--but it's difficult to say how those will play out in serial drama form. But Lionsgate is behind hits like Orange Is the New Black and Mad Men, so have a little faith.
Silicon Valley culture needs a standout show that doesn't suck--sorry, Betas, you're not cutting it so far. Hatching Twitter could be that show if the script and cast fall into place. Which brings us to the little matter of who could possibly play Jack Dorsey: Hayden Christensen? Ian Somerhalder? Oh, the possibilities.