Google to get ‘The Social Network’ treatment

You’ve used the website, now see the movie! The story behind the founding of Google is set to be brought to the big screen, no doubt a result of the impending success of David Fincher‘s Facebook tale The Social Network.

According to Deadline, Groundswell Productions and producer John Morris have acquired the rights to Ken Auletta’s book Googled: The End of the World As We Know It.

The Google search engine was founded by Sergey Brin and Larry Page in 1998, when the duo were Stanford University Ph. D candidates. The fast rise of the business saw them become billionaires, and Google is now as synonymous with ‘Search’ as Kleenex is to ‘Tissue’.

Although The Social Network details the behind-the-scenes backstabbing during the founding of Facebook, London tells Deadline that the Google film will instead focus on Brin and Page’s 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.”

No director, screenwriter or actors are attached to Googled…yet.

Discuss: Which other website would you like to see a film adaptation of?

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