Deadline reports that the Google Movie, as it will be known from here on out, is being brewed about the rise to power from the dorm rooms at Stanford. ¬†The players: Google founders Sergey Brin and Larry Page:
They founded Google on principles like “You can make money without doing evil” and “You can be serious without a suit.” London said the movie will focus on how they tried to hang onto their idealism as Google became a global phenomenon. The challenge for London and Morris is to find a handle on a success story that makes for compelling screen drama.
“It’s about these two young guys who created a company that changed the world, and how the world in turn changed them,” London told me. “The heart of the movie is their wonderful 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.”
This news comes on the heels of Google’s recent Walk of Shame wherein it proposes to partner with Verizon (or as we like to say on Twitter, #googlezon) to essentially mess up the beautiful thing known as net neutrality.
Basically net neutrality means a site like Awards Daily can be invented and compete right alongside a site like the New York Times or Amazon. ¬†We currently exist in a very free and open market because no one in the bandwidth delivery business gives preferential treatment to any one site over another. ¬†A beautiful thing indeed. ¬†However, all that is about to change and Google has, essentially, gone to the dark side. ¬†Moreover, they have undone their original premise. This IS the Google story now. ¬†If they leave it out it will be telling the John Edwards story without mentioning his affair.
Google claims that they’re just presenting the best possible scenario in the face of unavoidable change. ¬†They also say it only applies to wireless communication (oh, just the future of things, that’s all). ¬†It’s wireless communication today. ¬†It’s the whole “two internets” tomorrow. ¬†So, the Google movie has a bigger challenge, I’d say, than just telling the story of these two smart dudes.
Do you remember where you were when you first found Google? ¬†I remember exactly where I was standing when someone said, “you should try this new search engine called Google.” ¬†Now, Google controls almost every corner of my internet experience.