In an mash-up of “turn-of-the-decade” fads and pop culture events, Alex Winter, best known as the guy who isn’t Keanu Reeves in the late-80s/early-90s “Bill & Ted” movies, has been trying to make a movie about Napster since way back when the peer-to-peer file-sharing service was actually topical in the early 2000s. Now, since David Fincher totally drank the once-and-future Bill S. Preston, Esquire’s milkshake with his 2010 flick “The Social Network,” Winter has decided to just do the thing as a documentary for VH1.
The actor turned writer/director has been struggling to birth his Napster movie for almost a decade, originally writing a script for Paramount’s MTV Films. But with the dissolution of that division and the success of “The Social Network,” which featured Napster co-founder Sean Parker in a central role, the movie just wasn’t to be.
Instead of simply scrapping the idea and moving on to something people are even more excited for (like a third “Bill & Ted” movie), Winter has decided to do the project as a documentary for VH1, presumably so the network has a way to signal the end of an episode of “Basketball Wives” and the beginning of “Celebrity Rehab.
Winter told Deadline that Napster “became an expression of youth revolt, and contributed to a complete shift in how information, media and governments work.”
Of course, the Winter project that we’re really interested in is the “Bill & Ted” movie that he and Keanu Reeves have teased us with for years. Winter reports that there is indeed a script by the series’ original writers, but that “it’s early days on that project.”
Would you watch a documentary about the formation of Napster? Are we the only ones who would rather see a “Bill & Ted” movie than pretty much anything else? Tell us in the comments below or on Facebook and Twitter.