Variety is reporting that Seven and Curious Case of Benjamin Button director David Fincher is considering accepting Columbia Pictures' friend request to direct their movie about Facebook. Yes, the Facebook.
The script for the film has been written by Aaron Sorkin, who is known for his work with "The West Wing" and more recently Charlie Wilson's War. The as of now untitled film will be about the rise of Facebook from its "2004 creation on the Harvard campus by sophomore Mark Zuckerberg to a juggernaut with more than 200 million members." Sorkin has been doing research on the website, talking to regular Facebook users, asking them questions, and providing his own type of answers in return. You can search for him as "Aaron Sorkin" and you'll find his page. And he does actually respond to people.
A book coming out in July, entitled "The Accidental Billionaires: The Founding of Facebook A Tale of Sex, Money, Genius and Betrayal" will also provide the framework for the story. That book was written by Ben Mezrich.
Production for the Facebook movie is set for later this year. Scott Rudin, Michael de Luca, Kevin Spacey and Dana Brunetti are producing.
Considering that this movie won't likely focus on poking, unwanted friend requests or people losing their cell phone numbers and then making a group about it, there's hope that the "Facebook Movie" will provide a compelling insight about this business. It will be very interesting to see Facebook treated as serious business, especially if it gets into the hands of such a precise filmmaker like David Fincher. If Fincher hops on this boat, it's more than likely the dramatic potential and overall intelligence of this movie will skyrocket. Maybe he can provide an important documentation of our time.
Regardless, Facebook is an important tool in social networking, as we all probably have one. At the least, it sounds like the story behind the almighty book of Face is pretty juicy.
Can you imagine the Zodiac guy making a movie about a website? Who do you imagine playing the role of Mark Zuckerberg? Shia LeBouf and Michael Cera have been kicked around, but they sound a bit distracting. How about Adventureland's Jesse Eisenberg?