Hey, it was bound to happen eventually right? Word around the web this week is that a Facebook feature film is currently in the works, focusing on the story of 24 year old creator Mark Zuckerberg and how he became one of the youngest billionaires ever. The surprising thing is that they’ve got a pretty credible writer on board in Aaron Sorkin (A Few Good Men, Charlie Wilson’s War), and he’s even joined Facebook himself just to see how the whole thing works. Here’s a brief message that was taken from the newly created Facebook group, Aaron Sorkin & The Facebook Movie:
I’ve just agreed to write a movie for Sony and producer Scott Rudin about how Facebook was invented. I figured a good first step in my preparation would be finding out what Facebook is, so I’ve started this page. (Actually it was started by my researcher, Ian Reichbach, because my grandmother has more Internet savvy than I do and she’s been dead for 33 years.)
I know some people think this is the stupidest idea for a movie ever, but I’m actually all for it. I was looking forward to the Napster movie when that was first announced (who knows if it’s still happening) and I loved the Chris Hegedus/Jehane Noujaim documentary Startup.com. I think this has the potential to be a new geek classic in the vein of Pirates of Silicon Valley (although, with Aaron Sorkin writing it, I certainly hope they put a little more money behind it). Whether or not the story has mainstream appeal probably depends on how much they fictionalize it, but for now, consider me somewhat optimistic.