Bitcoin Coming to the Big Screen in Silk Road the Movie

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Dennis Lehane to pen tell-all about Bitcoin drug marketplace Silk Road

Hollywood loves the technology world, especially when there is a well-known personality to put on the big screen.

In the last few years, we saw Facebook founder Mark Zuckerberg portrayed as a punk genius in The Social Network, and we saw Ashton Kutcher grow a beard to portray the legendary Apple founder in Jobs.

Well, the next tech mogul to be profiled may be the Dread Pirate Roberts, or Ross William Ulbricht, the recently arrested founder of Bitcoin drug marketplace Silk Road.

Silk Road the Movie

Deadline reports that “20th Century Fox and Chernin Entertainment have set best-selling author Dennis Lehane to script Silk Road.” Lehane has an impressive body of work, including Mystic River, Gone Baby Gone, and Live By Night.

The story of Silk Road is indeed thrilling, and has been unfolding over the last few weeks. Ross William Ulbricht is a 29-year-old man from Texas who created an online marketplace where users could semi-anonymously transact in Bitcoin. Silk Road quickly became a place to buy and sell drugs, but there were also software and services sold online. In the federal complaint against Ulbricht, it is alleged that he paid a hitman to kill a user who was blackmailing him.

Perhaps putting Bitcoin on the big screen could help propel the further digital currency and drive awareness.



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