“The Social Network” was one of the greatest surprises of 2010, what with the movie being nominated for 8 Academy Awards (of which it won 3, including one for Best Original Score). So, it comes as no surprise that filmmakers are looking for other sites that would make for great movies.
And one of the few websites that can lend itself to a movie rivaling “The Social Network” in dramatic content is Napster. Created by 18-year-old college student Shawn Fanning in 1999, Napster was the most disruptive music service of its age. It marked the birth of peer-to-peer sharing, no less.
The service was forced to close down in 2001, following a string of virulent lawsuits. And although Napster remained around as a 100% legal music service and it changed owners several times, its 15 minutes were basically over.
But it’s a story well-worth sharing. And it will be told in documentary form soon. The as-yet unnamed project is going to be directed by Alex Winter (Bill from the “Bill and Ted” films), and this is a story he’s been wanting to tell for a long time – he once signed a deal with MTV films to create a scripted version of the story in 2002. But that came to nothing.
Now, a full decade later, Winters has secured funding from VH1, and the cameras are finally set to begin rolling.
It must be mentioned, though, that the Napster’s story has already been touched upon in the 2004 documentary “Some Kind Of Monster”. But this is the first time the P2P service will get its very own movie. Considering the success that “The Social Network” has had and the role Napster has played in the music industry, this movie was long, long overdue. Let’s see how much steam this can pick up… I, for one, am not passing on it.