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
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