In signing a book deal with Harper Collins, Russo revealed that she retained full intellectual property rights to pursue the work's progression into a feature film. And in April this year, exercised such rights by selling to Versus Entertainment, who subsequently signed an agreement with Ridley Scott’s Scott Free to co-produce the movie.
Russo is the Executive Producer for the film, giving her creative license to oversee and propose ideas for the script and production process. The funds for the film will be raised from through its accompanying NFT collection.
“I've been involved in the production side of the movie, which is not really common for authors […] so at least that gives me a bit more influence on what happens in the film. Shyam [Madiraju] is working on writing the script, and I will have an opportunity to actually read it and provide feedback.”
Screenwriters are often highly regarded for taking a large period of time, such as a World War, and choosing to portray individual stories or battles whose values and emotions encapsulate the entire experience. In researching the chronology of Ethereum, Russo identified whether she encountered any specific events that equally epitomized its history.
“I think one interesting narrative arc that reflects Ethereum’s values well was the whole tension between the founders that wanted Ethereum to be a non-profit foundation, versus the founders that wanted Ethereum to be a for-profit company. Of course, Vitalik ended up making that call and decided that Ethereum would be a non-profit foundation.
And I think that's very much at the core of Ethereum’s values and ethos - this open protocol that is flexible and that anyone can come and build on […] That moment really defined Ethereum's history and future, so I think that that's going to be a very key narrative arc.”
In the 2010 biopic 'The Social Network,' screenwriter Aaron Sorkin adapted Ben Mezrich’s book 'The Accidental Billionaires' to depict Tyler and Cameron Winklevoss as antagonistic characters in the feud for intellectual property rights of Facebook.
Acknowledging the Greek dramatism of casting heroes against villains, Russo answered the question of whether those individuals who initially supported a profit model for Ethereum - Charles Hoskinson and Amir Chetrit, among others - could be portrayed as adversary characters in the film, similar to that of the Winklevoss brothers in 'The Social Network.'