Even though The Social Network isn’t due out until Oct., meaning that no one knows how it will succeed at the box office, Hollywood is wasting no time in preparing another film about the birth of a well known Internet property. Prepare yourself for Google: The Movie.
No, we have no idea what the movie will actually be named as of yet, but according to Deadline, the rights have been optioned for Ken Auletta’s book, Googled: The End of the World As We Know it.
The story will follow Google founders Sergey Brin and Larry Page from when they were Stanford Ph.D students to when they got the idea to start a company based on principles such as “Do no evil.” Michael London’s Groundswell Productions has teamed with producer John Morris to get the movie rolling, but apparently even Mr. London is still perplexed about how they will turn this story into a gripping screen drama.
“It’s about these two young guys who created a company that changed the world, and how the world in turn changed them,” London told Deadline’s Mike Fleming. “The heart of the movie is their wonderful edict, don’t be evil. At a certain point in the evolution of a company so big and powerful, there are a million challenges to that mandate. Can you stay true to principles like that as you become as rich and powerful as that company has become? The intention is to be sympathetic to Sergey and Larry, and hopefully the film will be as interesting as the company they created.”
Judging by the comment about being “sympathetic” to the founders, it’s obvious this film will focus on the early days of Google, and not the more recent spats the company has had with the public over privacy, revealing an anonymous blogger’s name, the failed products like Google Wave and so on.
Is this what Hollywood has come to now? Can we expect a movie about Twitter to be announced next? How about the thrilling tale of intrigue and deception that would come from My First MySpace Friend:Tom? Perhaps we’ll all be lining up to see Ask Jeeves: The Touching Tale Of A Butler That Knows All. To appeal to those folks who like Jackass, we could have 4Chan: Revenge of the B-Tards.
Not every popular website needs a movie made about it … although … I wonder who would play me in TechnoBuffalo: Rage on the Technology Range …
What say you? Do you have any interest in seeing a movie about Google, or any other website for that matter.