Fanning bio makes move to big screen

Paramount and MTV Films have hired Alex Winter to pen “Napster: The Shawn Fanning Bio Project.”

MTV originally developed the project about the Napster founder as a TV movie in 2002 but decided only last year to take the story to the bigscreen.

In 1999 Fanning created Napster (his own nickname) in his dorm room at Northeastern U. in Boston as a way for collegians to swap music files on the Internet. He dropped out of school to launch Napster as an online business, prompting lawsuits from the Recording Industry Assn. of America, Dr. Dre and Metallica.

Fanning’s company filed for bankruptcy in 2002. He recently launched Snocap in hopes of making peer-to-peer networks legitimate (Daily Variety, Dec. 3).

Execs overseeing for MTV Films are Maggie Malina and Gregg Goldin, while senior VP of production Pamela Abdy will shepherd the project for Paramount.

Winter’s best known for acting in “Bill and Ted’s Excellent Adventure,” “Bill and Ted’s Bogus Journey” and “The Lost Boys.” Writing and directing career includes “Freaked,” “Bravehearts” and “Fever” along with extensive work as a musicvideo and commercial director in Europe.

Winter’s also attached to direct “Acts of Charity,” a project set up at Crossroads Films.

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