The development of a movie about the beginnings of Facebook seemed so insanely boring when it was first announced nearly two years ago that I nearly fell asleep just hearing it even existed. The problem is that as more and more information has come out about Mark Zuckerberg’s early years, the more intriguing the film has become.
The Social Network never uses the name “Facebook” in its title or promotion (thus far), but it is explicitly clear who and what it is about. The just released poster (pictured below) features Jesse Eisenberg (Zombieland) playing Mark Zuckerberg, and features the tagline, “You don’t get to 500 million friends without making a few enemies.” Never mind the border of the poster looks exactly like Facebook’s current navigation.
The screenplay is by Aaron Sorkin, creator of The West Wing, and is based on Ben Mezrich’s book, The Accidental Billionaires: The Founding of Facebook: A Tale of Sex, Money, Genius and Betrayal. It’s directed by David Fincher who is best known for films such as The Curious Case of Benjamin Button and Fight Club, so what drew him to the story of a geeky kid sitting in his Harvard dorm room creating a social network is a bit of a mystery.
The film is slated for release on Oct. 1st, so a trailer should be appearing any day now, I imagine a lot of facetime for Justin Timberlake who is playing Sean Parker, the co-founder of Napster, and an early advisor to Facebook when it was seeking funding. How much he will actually factor into the film isn’t known, but it’s sure to be a selling point in the trailer.
What say you? Are you interested in seeing a movie about the early days of Facebook?