Alex Winter, perhaps best known as Bill in Bill and Ted's Excellent Adventure, is directing a documentary about Napster after ten years of trying to launch a feature film based on its creator Shawn Fanning.
The documentary will be backed by VH1, who also helped Anvil! the Story of Anvil get to the big screen. Alex Winter was originally going to make the Napster narrative film through Paramount's MTV Films, having written the script himself. But that division of the studio went away. Now, the actor-turned-director is going to take his camera straight to the sources upon which his script was based.
This is what Alex Winter had to say to Deadline.
"The rise and fall of Napster and the birth of peer-to-peer file-sharing technology created by Shawn Fanning when he was a college student, changed music to movies, and made possible everything from Julian Assange, WikiLeaks to the iPod and Facebook. It became an expression of youth revolt, and contributed to a complete shift in how information, media and governments work. And it is a fascinating human story, where this 18-year-old kid invents a peer-to-peer file-sharing system, and brings it to the world six months later."
The Napster documentary will look at both sides of this compelling story. Shawn Fanning will participate in the making of the movie, as will various record labels and musical artists who have been affected by this technology.