Lionsgate TV Developing Series About Twitter Origins

hatching_twitterLionsgate TV is developing a series based on Nick Bilton’s bestselling book Hatching Twitter: A True Story Of Money, Power, Friendship, And Betrayal, which tells the story of the four friends that created the service and how it grew into the phenomenon it is today.

Obviously similar in theme to David Fincher’s The Social Network, Lionsgate-based producer Allison Shearmur, attached to executive produce, says, “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.”

Author Nick Bilton is set to write the screenplay and will be serving as producer.

Here’s an excerpt from Amazon’s synopsis of Hatching Twitter: A True Story Of Money, Power, Friendship, And Betrayal:

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.

Source: Deadline