If something is big enough, then it can forego waiting at least a decade before a biopic is made out of it. The best example of this in recent times is the feature film The Social Network, which on its release in 2010 focused on the background story to Facebook just 6 years after it was founded.
That format, distributed by Colombia Pictures, is one which Lionsgate hope to replicate with the other wildly successful social networking site, naturally in slightly ‘shorter’ instalments, after revealing their intentions of developing a TV series based around the early days of microblogging site Twitter.
With work set to commence in 2014, 8 years after Twitter’s foundation, the leading independent studio are said to be linking up with producer Allison Shearmur (The Hunger Games) in order to adapt Nick Bilton’s book Hatching Twitter: A True Story of Money, Power, Friendship, and Betrayal.
While no cast members or network are currently tied to the project, it has been confirmed that Bilton himself will appear behind-the-scenes as a writer, taking responsibility for the pilot as well as becoming an executive producer on a project that Lionsgate described as: “…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.”
In her announcement, Shearmur noted of the Hatching Twitter adaptation, and how it will differ from The Social Network: “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, 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.”
But of course, if they succeed in this portrayal and get it picked up to series, Lionsgate and Hatching Twitter will just end up being the butt of predictable jokes, such as ‘140 episodes or less’…