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March 16, 2012 at 08:12 PM EDT

Former music video director Brett Ratner is working with Sony to produce, and possibly direct, a film based on Craig Marks and Rob Tannenbaum’s oral history book, I Want My MTV: The Uncensored Story of the Music Video Revolution. EW has confirmed a Variety report that the film will chronicle MTV’s rise in power and popularity throughout the 1980s and ’90s. Jody Lambert is on board to write the script and co-produce with Ratner and Mosaic Media Group partner Jimmy Miller. John Cheng, who teamed with Ratner on the forthcoming Mirror Mirror, will executive produce.

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