Lionsgate takes rights to Twitter story

Lionsgate has its eyes on Twitter.

The production giant has optioned rights to Nick Bilton’s non-fiction book Hatching Twitter: A True Story of Money, Power, Friendship and Betrayal – a behind-the-scenes account of the creation of the social media service by four friends and its evolution into a juggernaut that changed the world.

Allison Shearmur is attached as executive producer.

Spike TV options Tut

Tut, the story of the young Egyptian Pharoah currently in development with producer Muse Entertainment, has been optioned by US cable channel Spike TV.

If greenlit, it will likely comprise a six-part series about Tutankhamun’s reign over ancient Egypt, combining themes of power, political backstabbing, war and murder.

Tut was developed by Muse Entertainment’s Joel S Rice and Michael Prupas, along with Greg Gugliotta, Michael Vickerman, Bradley Bredeweg and Peter Paige.

Vickerman, Bredeweg and Paige are the writers.

Tut is executive produced by Rice, Prupas, Gugliotta and Vickerman.

Spike is currently building its original drama slate with several projects in development.