Yes, really: Aaron Sorkin to write Facebook movie

August 28, 2008  |  3:30pm

Apparently, it’s really happening: super producer Scott Rudin (No Country for Old Men) has commissioned power screenwriter Aaron Sorkin (Charlie Wilson’s War, The West Wing) to adapt the story behind Facebook’s creation into a movie.

The announcement came through a Facebook group created by Sorkin’s research assistant, in which Sorkin offers himself to the will of the FB community. “I honestly don’t know how this works, which is why I’m here,” he writes. Or rather his assistant is there, because, as he says, “my grandmother has more Internet savvy than I do and she’s been dead for 33 years.”

Backlash is already abundant across the Web, but before we all lose our heads, let’s keep in mind that drama has brewed for years between Mark Zuckerberg, the company’s billionaire CEO, and a number of his former Harvard classmates, who claim the idea was theirs first. According to the Facebook group, the movie will focus less on the politics of Facebook friending than on the much-chronicled early days of the site, including those legal challenges.

Meanwhile, as Sorkin inevitably nets seven figures to figure out what Facebook is, those few Web presences more amused than chagrined by the news have begun floating names to play Zuckerberg, the 24-year-old who has developed into a junior media darling in recent years. Hayden Christensen, says Slashfilm. Dustin Diamond? How's about Jay Baruchel? Feel free to weigh in with your pick in the comments.

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