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Studio buys rights to film about Google



If you were a nerd in school, make sure to start a multi-billion dollar company and write a book. Chances are, it’ll get made into a movie. The Social Network hits theaters this fall, but a Google movie could be on the horizon.

Many shuttered at the news last year when it was announced that the founding of Facebook was getting the big screen treatment. However, with David Fincher attached to direct, Aaron Sorkin brought in to write, a strong ensemble of Hollywood’s best up-and-comers and one of the best trailers released all year, The Social Network is now one of the most buzzed about films of the upcoming Fall season.

It’s on that note that Deadline reports that Groundswell Productions have bought the rights to Ken Auletta’s book Googgled: The End of the World As We Know It.

Focusing on Google founders Sergey Brin and Larry Page, the book tells how the partners came up with the idea for Google while enrolled as PhD students at Stanford. Determined to succeed, they base their business model on positive, idealistic approaches to the world of business, opting to become billionaires without committing acts that could be described as “evil.”

For the moment, there is no director because there is no writer (hence, no script). However, studios are likely to keep their eyes on The Social Network and its performance at the box office and awards season in the coming months. As most are predicting great success for “Network,” it can be just the push the Google movie needs to get some big name directors and writers interested in bringing the story to the screen.

Now we just have to wait and hear about a Myspace and/or Twitter movie and our social network saga will have completely engulfed movie theaters.

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