There was a time when the iPod was king for music consumption, a time not so long before that when it was the precious Discman people held dear. A time before that... well, you get the picture. Spotify came along and once more made a fundamental change to how we get our music, and now Netflix wants to tell its story.
Netflix has announced it's developing a scripted series inspired by the book 'Spotify Untold', written by Sven Carlsson and Jonas Leijonhufvud. It's set to focus on how the company was founded in 2006 and how it went on to change the way people listen to music over the past decade.
In a statement, Tesha Crawford, Director of International Originals Northern Europe at Netflix, said: "The founding tale of Spotify is a great example of how a local story can have a global impact.
"We are really excited about bringing this success story to life and we look forward to continuing our great collaboration with director Per-Olav Sørensen and the team at Yellow Bird UK."
The series is set to focus on Swedish tech entrepreneur, Daniel Ek, and his partner Martin Lorentzon, who created the free and legal music service at a time when music piracy was at its height.
The series is already garnering some interest online:
I don’t want them talking, I like having my separate secrets w each of them https://t.co/yiiY9RtH41
— Marcia Belsky (@MarciaBelsky) December 11, 2019
You're streaming about streaming?
— Cale Baird (@Cale_Baird) December 11, 2019
This movie better have a cameo from Napster and Limewire. https://t.co/os7rzCcHEA
— Mauricio (@rockersmjg) December 11, 2019
Director Per-Olav Sørense said, "I am excited to bring the story of Sweden based Spotify to life on the screen. It is an ongoing fairytale in modern history about how Swedish wiz kids changed the music industry forever. The story is truly exciting and challenging.
"Challenging because the Spotify story has not ended yet – it is still running with high speed and will probably change while we work on the project."
Netflix describes the show as one about “how hard convictions, unrelenting will, access, and big dreams can help small players challenge the status quo.”
The series will be available in both English and Swedish languages. No release date or title has been confirmed yet.