Mark Zuckerberg's Facebook has become a major player on the glowing screen. Next stop? The big screen.
Sony Pictures and producer Scott Rudin are said to have contracted with Aaron Sorkin--writer of movies such as A Few Good Men and Charlie Wilson's War and for the television series West Wing and Sports Night--to write a script about the genesis of Facebook.
Sorkin's script, dated May 28 and obtained by Forbes, is titled The Social Network. It's the story of Zuckerberg, "a sweet-looking 19-year-old whose lack of any physically intimidating attributes masks a very complicated and dangerous anger."
The storyline, which starts with Zuckerberg's girlfriend dumping him in a bar and ends with him adding her as a friend on his multibillion-dollar Web site, is said to be based on Ben Mezrich's The Accidental Billionaires: The Founding of Facebook. A Tale of Sex, Money, Genius and Betrayal. Mezrich's book is scheduled to go on sale later this month.
The 162-page script includes juicy dialogue between Zuckerberg and ConnectU founders Cameron Winklevoss, Tyler Winklevoss and Divya Narendrera. In 2004, ConnectU filed a lawsuit against Facebook, alleging breach of contract and unauthorized use of ConnectU's source code.
Here's some dialogue between Divya and the other ConnectU founders:
Mark: Did I use any of your code?
Divya: You used our whole f----n' idea!
Divya: Is this a good guy?
Cameron: We don't know that he's not a good guy.
Divya: We know that he took our idea and stole it. We know that he lied to our faces for a month and a half while he--
Cameron: He didn't lie to our faces.
Divya: He never saw our faces! Fine, he lied to our e-mail accounts and he got himself a 42-day head start because he knows what apparently you don't, which is that getting there first is everything!
Hollywood insiders who have read the script are already singing its praises. Scriptshadow writer Carson Reeves called it "impressive." Screencrave writer Anet Hovhanesian wrote: "So far, it looks as if Sorkin's rags-to-billionaire script might actually be a hit."
The Curious Case of Benjamin Button director David Fincher is considering accepting Columbia Pictures’ friend request to direct the movie about Facebook. As of now, it remains untitled.
The film could be released in 2010, according to Internet Movie Database.