Facebook: The Movie

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.

  • Lame.

  • do we really need an in-depth look at the creation of Facebook? Plus some added drama that’s bound to be included? No. I’d rather have a documentary if you were to shed some light on the Facebook phenomenon.

  • Phil

    This one need balls-to-the-funwall action

  • Judge Giusep

    I agree with you Juilen, a “documentary” would be better, but I think we can both agree barely anyone would see it. This might be one of the only ways people can learn about the story, nevertheless the only thing based on tru events could just be the name..