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Twitter Gets An Origin Story TV Show, Facebook Gets Another Movie, I Get a Headache


Twitter is being turned into a TV show, and there’s a movie in the works about how some guy changed his life through Facebook. I’m done. I’m so done.

The yet-unnamed Twitter show, based on Nick Bilton‘s Hatching Twitter: A True Story Of Money, Power, Friendship, And Betrayal, is being made by Lionsgate TV. I’m guessing the studio’s filled with executives who positively worship Aaron Sorkin. Oh, look, evidence:

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.”

That was executive producer Allison Shearmur, who should probably lay off The West Wing reruns if she thinks The Social Network was a perfect film. It was really good, but… perfect? Really? Ah well. Different strokes for different folks. And the show could be good. Lionsgate TV’s had their hand in a lot of critically acclaimed series, among them Mad Men and Orange Is the New Black.

Not to be outdone, Facebook is the main conceit of a new film by Ineffable Pictures. It’s an adaptation of the memoir Fakebook: A True Story Based on Actual Lies, in which author Dave Cicirelli took to Facebook and invented a brand new life for himself. Only his parents and two friends knew that all the adventures he was blogging about were actually made up.

Says Variety:

“The memoir chronicles fake Facebook adventures and their impact on Cicirelli’s real life as he began to feel jealous of his fictional alter ego and faced the increasing difficulty of maintaining his charade of a double life — one in the real world and one in cyberspace.”

That sounds even more self-indulgent than something by Sorkin, and I didn’t even think that was possible. Only imagining that the staff of Ineffable Pictures is entirely staffed by Good Omens fans is allowing me to hold onto even a crumb of goodwill for this project.

(via Variety, Deadline; movie screen PSD by MericG)

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  • Anonymous

    At first I read Ineffable Pictures as Insufferable Pictures, and after finishing the post I’m pretty sure I had it right the first time.

  • Eve

    It’s bad enough that news channels now routinely quote people’s twitter messages, but now we have this? I swear, all of the original ideas are going straight to TV and the Internet.