Movies about tech companies are all the rage right now. The Social Network came out a few years back, showing that a movie about the founding of Facebook could actually be entertaining. It went on to win great reviews and three Oscars. It was nominated for eight.
Earlier this year, Jobs, one story about the founding of Apple was released. Reviews were a bit more mixed. In fact, it had a downright terrible opening weekend, but that doesn’t change the fact that there is interest in hearing these stories, and seeing them told on screen. As far as we know, there’s still another Steve Jobs movie in the works (from the guy who wrote The Social Network, no less).
With Twitter gearing up for its big IPO, there is now talk of studio interest in a Twitter movie, or possibly a series based its story. New York Times journalist Nick Bilton wrote a book called Hatching Twitter: A True Story of Money, Power, Friendship, and Betrayal, due out in November, and according to TechCrunch, Sony and “several other major Hollywood studios” are interested. Matthew Panzarino reports:
At least one of the studios involved wants to explore producing the project as an HBO or Netflix series, rather than a feature film. This could be due to the fact that there are a lot of dramatics arcs to cover in Hatching Twitter, coupled with the relative heat around award-winning series from the online video houses at the moment. Bilton’s book about the drama and intrigue surrounding the founding and growth of Twitter to a public company seems like ideal fodder for a Netflix original.
It’s unclear if Sony is the one that expressed this interest. It’s the only studio actually named in the report, and interestingly enough, is the parent of Columbia, which put out The Social Network. Sony also recently made a deal with Netflix, which will see at least the release of a series from Damages creators Todd A. Kessler, Daniel Zelman and Glenn Kessler.
Netflix, meanwhile, says it intends double its investment in original content, and while it doesn’t mean a whole lot, it has already released a series created by the director of The Social Network, David Fincher, who also happened to win an Emmy for Netflix’s House of Cards.