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The Return of the Winklevii

A decade after their tangle with Facebook’s Mark Zuckerberg was shown in ‘The Social Network,’ cinemagoers are going to be treated to episode two of the twins’ travails

For Tyler and Cameron Winklevoss, one film about their lives just isn’t enough.

After “The Social Network” chronicled their accusations that Mark Zuckerberg stole the idea for Facebook from them—and the legal battle that ensued—the twins are now producing a second movie that will tell the story of how they became billionaires thanks to Bitcoin.

The new blockbuster (fingers crossed) will be based on “Bitcoin Billionaires: A True Story of Genius, Betrayal and Redemption.”

Written by Ben Mezrich, this book was the follow-up to the bestseller “The Accidental Billionaires,” which in turn was the inspiration for the 2010 flick starring Jesse Eisenberg and Justin Timberlake.

Both 38 years old, Tyler and Cameron collectively founded the Gemini exchange, along with the eponymously named investment firm Winklevoss Capital.

Winklevoss II: The Return

The Winklevii have struggled to contain their excitement about their return to the big screen.

They were quoted as saying: “Ben immediately understood the promise of cryptocurrency and was serious about telling its story to the world. Whether you are a longtime HODLer or have just arrived, we think you will enjoy the colorful, frontier days of the cryptocurrency revolution that Ben Mezrich has deftly captured in ‘Bitcoin Billionaires.’”

Ultimately, the movie deal is quite cozy. The brothers have teamed up with Stampede Ventures to make adaptation a reality. One of the content company’s lead investors is Gideon Yu, who was… er… a former chief financial officer at Facebook.

Indeed, Greg Silverman, Stampede’s founder and CEO, has known the twins for years—and first came across “Bitcoin Billionaires” when his son Caleb was given an early copy of the book during an internship at Winklevoss Capital.

“Caleb and I traded the book back and forth on a summer trip, devouring it in a couple of days,” Silverman said. “Upon finishing it, it was clear to both of us that Cameron and Tyler’s remarkable redemption story, coupled with Ben’s masterful writing, would lend itself to a one-of-a-kind movie.”

Silverman went on to describe the upcoming movie as “Rocky II meets Wall Street in a world filled with unique and mesmerizing characters.”

It’s probably a good thing they’re sticking to the silver screen. Tyler and Cameron do not seem to have much luck in court, most recently paying the legal bills of Untold Stories podcaster Charlie Shrem’s legal bills after suing him for stealing bitcoins from them.

C Sephton is a journalist with an interest in cryptocurrencies, personal finance, and financial inclusion—as well as the challenges the crypto industry faces in achieving mainstream adoption. He owns cryptocurrencies.