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Lionsgate TV Developing Series About The Creation Of Twitter

Lionsgate TV Developing Series About The Creation Of TwitterLionsgate TV Developing Series About The Creation Of Twitter

Lionsgate TV has  put in development a drama series based on Nick Bilton’s bestselling book Hatching Twitter: A True Story Of Money, Power, Friendship, And Betrayal, with former executive and now Lionsgate-based producer Allison Shearmur attached to executive produce. Bilton, a columnist and reporter for the New York Times, will write the script and serve as producer. Hatching Twitter gives behind-the-scenes account of the creation of the service by four friends and its evolution into a social media phenomenon. “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,” said Lionsgate’s Kevin Beggs. “Nick’s book has all the elements of a great drama with its complex characters, high-stakes power struggles and betrayed friendships.”

The project will inevitably draw comparisons to the hit David Fincher-Aaron Sorkin movie The Social Network, which tracked the origins of Facebook. “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,” Shearmur said. Bilton is repped by CAA and Katinka Matson.

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