Category: Doomsday Machine

‘Doomsday Machine’ Lands at HBO

Tuesday, Feb 8, 2022

Following a multiple-outlet bidding war, the Facebook TV series starring The Crown Emmy winner Claire Foy has landed at HBO.

The WarnerMedia-backed premium cable network has landed Doomsday Machine with a development deal for the limited series that is based on the book An Ugly Truth: Inside Facebook’s Battle for Domination. The drama is a co-production between HBO and Anonymous Content and CAA-backed Wiip.

Foy will star as Facebook chief operating officer Sheryl Sandberg. As opposed to Aaron Sorkin’s The Social Network, Doomsday Machine is the “riveting human drama chronicling the political and social minefields Facebook has navigated on its relentless quest for growth. The series places us in the shoes of Sheryl Sandberg (Foy) and Mark Zuckerberg, who are shaping the way that billions of people around the world communicate and consume information,” per HBO. (Sorkin, meanwhile, recently told THR that he has ideas for a possible sequel to The Social Network.)

Read the full article on THR.

Claire Foy to Star in New Series “Doomsday Machine”

Thursday, Oct 14, 2021

Embattled tech giant Facebook is the focus of a scripted drama series titled Doomsday Machine. Claire Foy, coming off her second Emmy win for playing Queen Elizabeth II in The Crown, is set to star as Facebook COO Sheryl Sandberg in the project, from Anonymous Content (Spotlight, Mr. Robot) and wiip (Mare of Easttown, Dickinson).

Created by Homeland Elegies author Ayad Akhtar, Doomsday Machine is based on Sheera Frenkel and Cecilia Kang’s bestselling book An Ugly Truth: Inside Facebook’s Battle for Domination as well as their New York Times reporting and the reporting of the New Yorker’s Andrew Marantz. The book was published by Harper, an imprint of Harper Collins, in July 2021.

Doomsday Machine chronicles the political and social minefields Facebook has navigated on its relentless quest for growth. It focuses on Sandberg (Foy) and Mark Zuckerberg, who have been shaping the way that billions of people around the world communicate and consume information.

Read the full article on Deadline.