With the trial of alleged Silk Road kingpin and known library computer user Ross Ulbricht currently underway, it’s a pretty good time to announce a true crime book and movie package based on the whole thing, don’t you think? Yes, the Associated Press reports that Hatching Twitter author Nick Bilton is writing a book on the Silk Road and has already sold the rights to 20th Century Fox for the full movie treatment.
It makes sense that Bilton, who’s also a New York Times columnist in addition to penning the Twitter bestseller, would be the one to tell this story. It’s the juiciest, sexiest, druggiest Silicon Valley story out there, no? Plus Hatching Twitter has already been optioned for television, so he’s basically “the guy.”
For the Twitter and Silk Road adaptations, we can probably expect stuff along the lines of The Social Network, which was in turn based on the book The Accidental Billionaires. So, if you find Hollywood’s Silicon Valley obsession cool, and if you like watching movies about people working on computers, then expect to be on the edge of your seat. At least the Silk Road adaptation could have more elements of, say, Breaking Bad.