Well I don’t think anyone was expecting this announcement. After the plethora of upcoming David Fincher projects we’ve been anticipating (The Goon, Heavy Metal, Chef, Black Hole, and Torso), it appears that his follow-up to the Academy Award-nominated The Curious Case of Benjamin Button could actually be… Facebook: The Movie. That’s right, The Hollywood Reporter says that Fincher is in talks to direct The Social Network, the pseudo-biopic that was first announced last year. Aaron Sorkin (The West Wing, A Few Good Men) is writing the script, which will supposedly focus on the founders of the popular social networking website and how it took off.
Back when this project was first announced, I mentioned that I was actually interested and looking forward to it. I enjoy stories about young entrepreneurs who stumble on something big, but that said, this definitely seems like a project that is well below Fincher’s talents. To be honest, I’m not even sure why he would be interested in such a thing. Perhaps, after trying to do an Oscar-calibre film and being snubbed, he has decided to just do a complete 180 and go for the quick cash grab instead. On the other hand, with Aaron Sorkin writing the script, it seems like they are trying to turn this into something more than a cash grab. What do you think… is a David Fincher Facebook movie something you want to see?