Napster the movie on its way
By Sue Zeidler
 
LOS ANGELES (Reuters) - The story of Napster, the failed online song-swapping service, always promised the kind of larger-than-life elements Hollywood thrives on -- corporate intrigue, a nail-biting court battle and a young hero.

Now comes Napster, the movie.

Cable network MTV on Wednesday said it has reached a deal for the exclusive rights to the life story of Shawn Fanning, who created the controversial and wildly popular file-sharing program in 1999 while he was a 19-year-old student at Northeastern University in Boston.

The movie, tentatively scheduled to air in 2003-2004, may even star Fanning, now 21, as himself.

'Anything is possible and the fact that he may star as himself hasn't been ruled out,' said a spokeswoman for MTV, which is owned by Viacom.

Fanning dropped out of college to launch the business around the program he dubbed Napster -- based on his own nickname -- and which sparked a revolution by enabling millions of fans to swap songs on the Internet.

Napster was a hit with users, attracting some 60 million at its peak, but the service was loathed by the powerful recording industry, which launched a massive legal battle against the company, calling it a haven for copyright infringement.

Napster ultimately collapsed this year under the weight of its legal battles and is currently being sold in bankruptcy court.

Fanning himself enjoyed a bit of pop icon status, gracing the cover of various magazines and epitomizing to many the pioneering and untamed spirit of the Internet during the boom years of the late 1990s.

An MTV spokeswoman said it hired filmmaker Alex Winter to write and direct the film. Fanning is set to collaborate on the screenplay, which will features Fanning's childhood and his life before and after Napster.

Fanning is also planning to executive produce the soundtrack, according to MTV.

Winter, a writer and a director, is also known for acting in 'Bill and Te Question Who's Online | Find Members | Private Messages
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Would you like to see the story of Napster in a movie?
Napster the movie on its way

By Sue Zeidler

LOS ANGELES (Reuters) - The story of Napster, the failed online song-swapping service, always promised the kind of larger-than-life elements Hollywood thrives on -- corporate intrigue, a nail-biting court battle and a young hero.

Now comes Napster, the movie.

Cable network MTV on Wednesday said it has reached a deal for the exclusive rights to the life story of Shawn Fanning, who created the controversial and wildly popular file-sharing program in 1999 while he was a 19-year-old student at Northeastern University in Boston.

The movie, tentatively scheduled to air in 2003-2004, may even star Fanning, now 21, as himself.

`Anything is possible and the fact that he may star as himself hasn`t been ruled out,` said a spokeswoman for MTV, which is owned by Viacom.

Fanning dropped out of college to launch the business around the program he dubbed Napster -- based on his own nickname -- and which sparked a revolution by enabling millions of fans to swap songs on the Internet.

Napster was a hit with users, attracting some 60 million at its peak, but the service was loathed by the powerful recording industry, which launched a massive legal battle against the company, calling it a haven for copyright infringement.

Napster ultimately collapsed this year under the weight of its legal battles and is currently being sold in bankruptcy court.

Fanning himself enjoyed a bit of pop icon status, gracing the cover of various magazines and epitomizing to many the pioneering and untamed spirit of the Internet during the boom years of the late 1990s.

An MTV spokeswoman said it hired filmmaker Alex Winter to write and direct the film. Fanning is set to collaborate on the screenplay, which will features Fanning`s childhood and his life before and after Napster.

Fanning is also planning to executive produce the soundtrack, according to MTV.

Winter, a writer and a director, is also known for acting in `Bill and Te


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19 yrs ago, 6 mos ago - Sunday 11/10/02 - 10:35:00 AM EST (GMT-5)
no
19 yrs ago, 6 mos ago - Sunday 11/10/02 - 10:35:58 AM EST (GMT-5)
hmm no. not really interesting for me.
19 yrs ago, 6 mos ago - Sunday 11/10/02 - 10:36:58 AM EST (GMT-5)
what a totally BORING movie! they are kidding right?
19 yrs ago, 6 mos ago - Sunday 11/10/02 - 12:04:59 PM EST (GMT-5)
No, it's serious ... it might be good like that movie about Bill Gates and Apple - but when I first read this my first thought was how BORING!! A movie about a web site? LOL still I'll probably watch :P
19 yrs ago, 6 mos ago - Sunday 11/10/02 - 12:06:14 PM EST (GMT-5)
i would rather stab my eyes out.
19 yrs ago, 6 mos ago - Sunday 11/10/02 - 12:16:30 PM EST (GMT-5)
Eh, I wouldn't go see it.
19 yrs ago, 4 mos ago - Monday 12/30/02 - 10:42:31 AM EST (GMT-5)
We don't need another story of the big boys winning!!
19 yrs ago, 4 mos ago - Monday 12/30/02 - 10:43:31 AM EST (GMT-5)
no thats a bit geeky isn't it?
19 yrs ago, 4 mos ago - Monday 12/30/02 - 10:43:43 AM EST (GMT-5)
that would be a bit dull, wouldn't it?!
19 yrs ago, 3 mos ago - Monday 2/3/03 - 5:19:06 AM EST (GMT-5)
How much do you wanna bet... the unidentified bidder.. is that little snot from Metallic that started all this crap. Whats his name? Ulrich or somethin?
18 yrs ago, 7 mos ago - Thursday 10/9/03 - 2:41:34 PM EST (GMT-5)
18 yrs ago, 7 mos ago - Thursday 10/9/03 - 2:42:24 PM EST (GMT-5)
No. It would be stupid and boring.
17 yrs ago, 10 mos ago - Monday 7/19/04 - 11:39:21 AM EST (GMT-5)
Maybe if it was along the lines of the Pirates of Silicon Valley, since I loved that movie.
But I wouldn't exactly be pre-ordering tickets or anything, I'd wait til it came out on video
17 yrs ago, 10 mos ago - Monday 7/19/04 - 11:58:12 AM EST (GMT-5)
Eh...sounds like a straight to video release...sure I'd pay $1.50 to rent it for 5 days! :)
17 yrs ago, 10 mos ago - Monday 7/19/04 - 12:02:35 PM EST (GMT-5)
Would people be able to download and watch the movie for free?
17 yrs ago, 10 mos ago - Monday 7/19/04 - 12:05:33 PM EST (GMT-5)
Seems pretty uninteresting.
17 yrs ago, 10 mos ago - Monday 7/19/04 - 12:06:38 PM EST (GMT-5)
That would be really really boring.
Dude makes program, program get's popular, program get's slaughtered by the authorities.
Yeah, great movie.
17 yrs ago, 10 mos ago - Monday 7/19/04 - 12:07:22 PM EST (GMT-5)
I'd probably watch it...why not?
17 yrs ago, 8 mos ago - Thursday 9/23/04 - 1:46:36 PM EST (GMT-5)
15 yrs ago - Thursday 5/10/07 - 6:19:50 AM EST (GMT-5)
No, I wouldn't. I don't care about Napster.
14 yrs ago, 7 mos ago - Monday 10/22/07 - 9:48:45 PM EST (GMT-5)



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