The studio teams up with Allison Shearmur to turn Nick Bilton's book about the origin of Twitter into a TV show.
After a movie about the creation of Facebook, now a story about the birth of Twitter is heading to the small screen. Lionsgate TV has acquired the rights to Nick Bilton's New York Times best-seller "Hatching Twitter: A True Story of Money, Power, Friendship, and Betrayal" which will be turned into a TV series.
"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," says Lionsgate TV Group chairman Kevin Beggs. "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 on board as executive producer."
Allison Shearmur, who will executive produce the project, chimes in, " 'Hatching Twitter' will go behind the scenes of a groundbreaking Silicon Valley company in a way that's never been captured before on television."
" 'The Social Network' was a perfect film," she continues, "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."
New York Times columnist and reporter Bilton adds, "I am thrilled to work with Allison Shearmur and Lionsgate to adapt my book about the power, betrayal and billions of dollars that swirl through Silicon Valley. The story of 'Hatching Twitter' really speaks to a generation that has searched for friendship through technology and it will be very exciting to see it brought to life on screen." He will pen the script in addition to serving as a producer.
"Hatching Twitter" presents "a fascinating behind-the-scenes account of the creation of the social media service by four friends and its evolution into a juggernaut that changed the world." The book has been named one of the best books of the year by The Economist, Gizmodo and Mashable.
"The Social Network" (2010), which chronicled the drama behind the creation of Facebook, received critical acclaims and won three Academy Awards for Best Adapted Screenplay, Best Original Score and Best Film Editing in 2011. Directed by David Fincher and written by Aaron Sorkin, it starred Jesse Eisenberg as the Facebook founder Mark Zuckerberg.