A TV movie about the history of the popular social media Web site, Twitter, is in the works. Facebook has already done it on the big screen so people kind of expected that it won't be long until other social media platforms follow through.
The new Twitter TVmovie will be based on the bestselling book titled "Hatching Twitter: A True Story of Money, Power, Friendship, and Betrayal" written by New York Times journalist Nick Bilton, as revealed on Bilton's official Web site.
Kevin Beggs, who is the Chairman of Lionsgate TV Group, made the announcement on Dec. 18. Lionsgate will create a TV movie detailing how Twitter has emerged as one of the most popular means of communication through social media nowadays. Some of the TV series that Lionsgate has produced on TV in the past include Mad Men, Nurse Jackie, The Dead Zone, and Boss among several others. It has also popularised the movie adaptations of best-selling books such as Twilight and Hunger Games.
Beggs said that the book has all the key ingredients, from "betrayed friendships, power struggles and complex characters," of a great drama.
Bilton will be tasked to write the screenplay and he will act as one of the producers too, alongside Allison Shearmur.
The journalist revealed his excitement about having his book being turned into a movie. "Hatching Twitter really speaks to a generation that has searched for friendship through technology," said Bilton. He is thrilled to see his book brought to life on the screen.
Producer Allison Shearmur stated that the upcoming Twitter movie will be a lot different from Facebook's "The Social Network." Shearmur said that "Hatching Twitter" will give the audience an idea about all kinds of struggles that the founders had to go through to make their business venture successful.
Some people thought that the book was greatly dramatised in several occasions. "Bilton prefers drama and embarrassing stories to strategic or technological details," said Tim Wu, a professor at Columbia Law School, who recently reviewed Bilton's book.
People love drama so it is probably the reason why it is being adapted to a TV movie.
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