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David Fincher Friends Aaron Sorkin-Scripted Facebook Movie!

Beaks here...

I'm taking a break from clubbing the hideously deformed Brundle beast that is TRANSFORMERS: REVENGE OF THE FALLEN to let you know that, according to a trade publication, David Fincher is reportedly "circling" Columbia Pictures' Facebook movie, THE SOCIAL NETWORK. Aaron Sorkin's screenplay for the film evidently charts the growth of the social networking site from its inception in 2004 (by then Harvard sophomore Mark Zuckerberg) to its temporary phenomenon status. Given the speed with which these things burn out, I can't help but feel that this film could be as outmoded as THE GARBAGE PAIL KIDS MOVIE when/if it hits screens in a couple of years. While I'd never second-guess Sorkin's screenwriting prowess (or producer Scott Rudin's knack for snatching up great material), is there really a feature-length story here? I'm not being sarcastic. I'm genuinely curious. And what's the hook for Fincher? Also onboard as producers on THE SOCIAL NETWORK are Michael De Luca, Kevin Spacey and Dana Brunetti.

Update: Talkbacker SamSeaborn just hipped me to Aaron Sorkin's official Facebook Movie page, where he's communicating with fans about the project's development. According to Seaborn, the film will be "a college-set story, centering on the life of Zuckerberg in college, starting up the website with his friends" based on the forthcoming book THE ACCIDENTAL BILLIONAIRES by Ben Mezrich. So there's your plot!

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  • June 23, 2009, 6 p.m. CST

    Yeah - where is the conflict in the story?

    by JuanSanchez

    When people won't accept your friendship invitation? The deadly duel between Facebook and Myspace?

  • June 23, 2009, 6:01 p.m. CST

    Pirates of Silicon Valley only made it to the small screen.

    by JuanSanchez

    And there's so much story there. They think there's more story with Facebook than with Gates Vs. Jobs? BS.

  • June 23, 2009, 6:01 p.m. CST

    Facebook turned into Quizbook overnight

    by lockesbrokenleg

    What used to be a fun place now is a shit hole. All these fucking games, drinks quizzes, friend limits, shit. It's a shitty service.

  • June 23, 2009, 6:02 p.m. CST

    Make Myspace the villain

    by OGoncho

    Twitter for the sequel

  • June 23, 2009, 6:02 p.m. CST

    We want Twitter: The Motion Picture

    by gavdiggity

    fuck this shit, I'm bringing Friendster back.

  • June 23, 2009, 6:03 p.m. CST

    I created the "Which Steven Seagal character are you?" quiz

    by JuanSanchez

    Cockpuncher is an option, as are Nico Toscani, Gino Felino, Casey Ryback and Seagal himself.

  • June 23, 2009, 6:03 p.m. CST

    by JuanSanchez

  • June 23, 2009, 6:04 p.m. CST

    I'm Ryback, as I hate when Gary Busey burns my pies.

    by JuanSanchez

  • June 23, 2009, 6:05 p.m. CST

    One thing's for sure if it's Sorkin...

    by ZombieHeathLedger

    it will contain characters having brisk conversations while walking down long hallways in immaculate clipped, Mamet-like rhythms that are totally un-lifelike. But that's only if Sorkin's latest batch of 'shrooms are kickin' in. A movie about FB? Will the audience get "poked" while watching it?

  • June 23, 2009, 6:05 p.m. CST

    It's A Revenge Film

    by mrbeaks

    With Friendster as the aggrieved party.

  • June 23, 2009, 6:06 p.m. CST

    "I Spit On Your Profile"?

    by gavdiggity

    it'll still be better than TF2.

  • June 23, 2009, 6:07 p.m. CST

    I hate how they portray the internet in movies

    by mitortilla

    its all awesome and there are no banners and advertising. And you can hack anything.

  • June 23, 2009, 6:09 p.m. CST


    by HebrewLantern

    you don't get poked back

  • June 23, 2009, 6:09 p.m. CST

    by HebrewLantern

    or someone pokes too much!!!

  • June 23, 2009, 6:10 p.m. CST

    Noodles Hahn likes this.

    by NoodlesHahn

  • June 23, 2009, 6:10 p.m. CST

    Sorkin's Comment on the Nature of the Film

    by SamSeaborn

    Sorkin created a facebook page where he has been answering questions from fans about this project, and his many past projects. He wrote that the story of the film will not be about Facebook, but rather the story of how a college sophomore created what became the largest social networking website in the world from his dorm room. Think more of a college-set story, centering on the life of Zuckerberg in college, starting up the website with his friends.

  • June 23, 2009, 6:10 p.m. CST


    by lockesbrokenleg


  • June 23, 2009, 6:15 p.m. CST

    I'll watch anything he does

    by Turd Furgeson

    He could make 90 minutes of filming people taking a shit look cool... Lord Fincher can do no wrong.

  • June 23, 2009, 6:15 p.m. CST

    this is a joke, right?

    by frank cotton

    you couldn't pay me to waste my time on this. is FINCHER that hard up for cash?

  • June 23, 2009, 6:18 p.m. CST


    by Son of Hades

    OMG! You're the first person to ever notice that! You truly are a king among men.

  • June 23, 2009, 6:18 p.m. CST

    Book off of which the film will be based

    by SamSeaborn

    read the synopsis to get a better idea of what the film will be like. Sorkin has stated that his script is about the INVENTION of Facebook, so there won't be much about the Facebook we currently use.

  • June 23, 2009, 6:22 p.m. CST

    by HebrewLantern

    or maybe a guy finds out his gf is cheating on him thru facebook?

  • June 23, 2009, 6:22 p.m. CST

    If they made a movie out of "He's Just Not Into You"

    by chrth

    They can do it for this. Anyone remember that Gates/Jobs movie Pirates of Silicon Valley? That was pretty good.

  • June 23, 2009, 6:23 p.m. CST

    Yeah.... this is stupid....

    by zikade zarathos

    Imagine if someone made a movie about the rise of Napster, or, or Yahoo. It's going to take strong, complex characters and a MIRACLE for this not to be a completely outdated period piece by the time it hits theaters.

  • June 23, 2009, 6:24 p.m. CST

    Wow..thats the sound of no one caring.

    by Glory_Fades_ImMaxFischer

  • June 23, 2009, 6:25 p.m. CST

    Cellulite Asses!

    by Fing Fang Foom

    Please get rid you those ads right now.

  • June 23, 2009, 6:25 p.m. CST

    mitortilla re: internet in movies

    by ZombieHeathLedger

    I like how there's never any load time and every blueprint to every building is accessible within seconds in 3D.

  • June 23, 2009, 6:27 p.m. CST


    by Son of Hades

    OMG! You're the first perso... wait, I already did that. Never mind.

  • June 23, 2009, 6:27 p.m. CST

    It should have robot black stereotypes in it!

    by Spice-Orange

    i wonder if i can go on fandango to by tickets, then tweet in the theater about how im watching facebook movie and a friend saved myspace from some rottentomatoes when i got some

  • June 23, 2009, 6:30 p.m. CST

    Boy this sounds terrible

    by D.Vader

    Give me a break.

  • June 23, 2009, 6:30 p.m. CST

    I'd watch Fincher direct a Sorkin script about ANYTHING

    by BadMrWonka

    seriously. Sorkin has never written a bad script. never. not one.

  • June 23, 2009, 6:31 p.m. CST

    Where is the "Aint it Cool" Movie?

    by Nuking the Fridge

    You know it is inevitable you bastards. I am sure of it.

  • June 23, 2009, 6:31 p.m. CST

    Thanks, SamSeaborn!

    by mrbeaks

    Updated the story with your info.

  • June 23, 2009, 6:32 p.m. CST


    by Son of Hades

    I refer the Right Honourable Gentleman to... almost anything from the second half of Studio 60's season.

  • June 23, 2009, 6:33 p.m. CST

    @Son of Hades Thank You

    by mitortilla

    @Zombieheathledger hahahaha yeah dude, ignore Son of Hades he's just bitter he didn't brought that up first in the tb.

  • June 23, 2009, 6:35 p.m. CST

    Son of Hades

    by mrbeaks

    Or, to be specific, the episode where Nate Corddry's parents have never heard of "Who's on First?"

  • June 23, 2009, 6:38 p.m. CST

    Does this mean that Peanut Butter Jelly Time: The Movie is...

    by Heckles developmental hell? Sucks.

  • June 23, 2009, 6:39 p.m. CST

    Made for Cable.

    by Steve Young

    This would make more since if Fincher was angling for some kind of executive producer role on a made-for-cable "award bait" flick. It doesn't make sense as a theatrical beast, because I just don't see audiences in this economy, however much they might use social networking sites, interested in paying $12 to see how a bunch of people became millionaires on the backs our collective technology addictions.

  • June 23, 2009, 6:40 p.m. CST

    what the hell happened to Fincher?

    by HaterofCrap

    he was so great making the game, seven, and fight club...and since then he's just put out boring crap. wtf happened? did he move out to who gives a shit island where all the super rich directors go?

  • June 23, 2009, 6:42 p.m. CST

    Awful, Fucking Awful

    by Gus Van Rant

    M. Night Shit-on-my-lawn would have been a perfect director for this shitasterous movie.

  • June 23, 2009, 6:43 p.m. CST

    stupid movie and stupid premise

    by Castiel

    if this had benn thought of 3 years ago, it would have been myspace the movie and now that site is circling the drain. friend reunited, brought 4 years ago by 1tv, for 120 worth 20 . by the time this comes out, it will be goggle wave at the forefront. infact a movie about the google lads would have been better.. but there's only so much shit you can make up.

  • June 23, 2009, 6:43 p.m. CST

    Son of Hades

    by BadMrWonka

    first off, even though we're discussing facebook, the twitterfied "@" when responding is not welcome at AICN. just type the name as I did, and there you have it.<p>and I loved every second of Studio 60. unfortunately, people like idiots singing and eating cockroaches more than intelligent ensemble pieces. there's no accounting for taste, I guess. I guess I still have my West Wing DVD's...

  • June 23, 2009, 6:45 p.m. CST


    by Son of Hades

    I'll take your "episode where Nate Corddry's parents have never heard of 'Who's on First?'" and raise you a "Harriet Dinner"--also known as Snakes in a Motherfuckin' Studio.

  • June 23, 2009, 6:47 p.m. CST

    FOX is keeping Avatar footage from us!

    by Trannyformers_Apologist

    3 full scenes from Avatar were shown at Fox's presentation today at Cinema Expo. <P> -This may be obvious, but Fox has confirmed they will not be releasing the clips online, as that "is not how one should be experiencing it." <P> -Jim tells me that Fox has given him official confirmation of the footage showing. Hopefully they will provide us with some more details soon! <P> -Multiple sources are saying that Cameron and all the lead actors were there. I'm hearing that Worthington, Weaver, and Saldana were present. <P> -According to a friend of webmaster Alex Billington, Cameron told the crowd that "3D is here and here to stay." <P> -Alex: He kept teling me that it's "truly unlike anything you've ever seen." First public(ish) showing of Avatar footage seems to be amaazing. <P>

  • June 23, 2009, 6:48 p.m. CST

    The @ seemed appropriate

    by Son of Hades

    ...for this thread, and this thread ONLY. BadMrWonka, I'm glad you liked Studio 60; it just went off the rails for me.

  • June 23, 2009, 6:56 p.m. CST is like Spider Rico in the first Rocky

    by RobertBaron

    Facebook shitkicks in the opening scene and then tries to claw its way to the top. The ending is a fight between Facebook and the longtime champ Myspace.

  • June 23, 2009, 6:58 p.m. CST

    Appropriate if we were talking @ twitter movie.

    by mitortilla

  • June 23, 2009, 6:59 p.m. CST

    Shut up with this news, Fuck you! I don't even wanna read it.

    by Orionsangels

  • June 23, 2009, 6:59 p.m. CST

    Will notifications pop up during the movie?

    by epitone

    "This movie sucks! Wouldn't you rather be playing Pathwords?"

  • June 23, 2009, 6:59 p.m. CST

    Sounds about as interesting as Ridley Scott's Monopoly deal

    by fitz-hume

    But since it's Fincher I'm sure he knows what he's doing... if he in fact is doing it.

  • June 23, 2009, 6:59 p.m. CST

    Friendster trains Facebook, of course.

    by RobertBaron

    And they're saving Twitter for the sequel.

  • June 23, 2009, 7:08 p.m. CST

    You're Welcome!

    by SamSeaborn

    The story of the "accidental billionaires" is much more appealing than a movie about friend requests. Just wanted to clear up why people of Sorkin and Fincher's talents hopped on this project.

  • June 23, 2009, 7:08 p.m. CST


    by BrandLoyalist

    John Travolta and Nick Cage exchange laptops. Hey, don't laugh, it could happen! See they get their thumbprints surgically swapped to get past the biometric login. Then they engage in a ruthless duel of life sabotage through their mutually stolen social networking accounts. Plus, their faces get torn off

  • June 23, 2009, 7:10 p.m. CST

    I love me...

    by codymr

    Some Sorkin and I love me some Fincher. But about Facebook? It seems like this would be about people making and accepting Friend Requests. Beaks is right, is the rise of Facebook to the top of social networking really that interesting? Really? Huh.

  • June 23, 2009, 7:11 p.m. CST

    This guy is gonna be hated like Shia

    by terry1978

    A geek gets to live the dream while the rest of us rot on here...that's the story of our lives.

  • June 23, 2009, 7:20 p.m. CST

    by RipperGiles

    Ed McMahon is dead and this site is posting fucking Facebook movie RUMORS?<br><br> It's true -- real talent is dying off and no one is noticing because they're too busy anticipating next action figure-based movie.

  • June 23, 2009, 7:21 p.m. CST

    You can make a good movie about anything

    by veritasses

    Though there are far more bad movies than good so it makes it harder for me to prove my point.

  • June 23, 2009, 7:33 p.m. CST

    Story is probably about how facebook was stolen from the guy who

    by dailysportspages

    And how Mark Zuckenberg stole it. Or was that MySpace... i forget.

  • June 23, 2009, 7:39 p.m. CST

    Zodiac was brillant for the dude who said Fincher hasn't

    by GQtaste

    done anything since Fight Club. People just didn't go to see it. Curious Case wasn't for everybody, but it was fine in my opinion. At least for the tech. shit they pulled off and for getting laid after taking a girl to see it.

  • June 23, 2009, 7:40 p.m. CST

    You can tack on a dramatic framework...

    by Orbots Commander

    ...and make it work. The way I think they will go with it is as an ironic black comedy, a kind of rise-from-nowhere success story, like a business themed 'Rocky' movie.

  • June 23, 2009, 7:40 p.m. CST

    ^^^ dailysportspages,

    by Timahh

    you are correct, it is facebook that was allegedly stolen. I can't be bothered to track it down right now, but there was a good piece in Rolling Stone about it. The story goes, that three or four friends started writing the code and what not as a school project, and then at some point Zuckerberg basically ripped off the work and launched it with his own name. Now, according the same article, the guys claiming to be ripped off, don't really have any proof, and none of the people who knew what Zuckerberg was up to, knew about the other's alleged involvement, so i'd be surprised if they delved into that in the movie.

  • June 23, 2009, 7:41 p.m. CST

    oh, and the idea of...

    by Timahh

    Sorkin and Fincher has me ready to buy my ticket now, regardless of subject.

  • June 23, 2009, 8 p.m. CST

    Coupon: The Movie

    by TheBaxter

    would probably be more interesting than whatever this film turns out to be.

  • June 23, 2009, 8:02 p.m. CST



    OMG! HI2U I just ate a ham sandwich it was ok.

  • June 23, 2009, 8:06 p.m. CST

    WAKE UP HARRY!!: Avatar footage shown!

    by aphextwin

    at Cinema Expo Amsterdam. Yes James Cameron's Avatar! A couple of new stills/productions art are leaked online as well here are some short reactions: @NafRas: OMG keep this in mind James Cameron's AVATAR this Dec. it's gonna rock the way u see movies! Preview @ cinema expo leaves me wanting more @dt4storms: Still in awe of meeting James Cameron... Avatar will change movie industry forever.. thank you Jim @sperling: It's official! The footage from "Avatar" shown at Cine Expo was amazing. Absolutely stunning in 3D. Should be a huge hit. @UCSNord: "Avatar" footage at #cinexpo: CGI was photorealistic, characters look really real. Believe the hype, this movie will be massive! @UCSNord: Footage from "Avatar" at #cinexpo was stunning, literally jawdropping. Amazing visuals unlike any before seen, with incredible detail.

  • June 23, 2009, 8:09 p.m. CST

    The First Rule of Facebook is...

    by BoggyCreekBeast

    Hell, you know the rest!

  • June 23, 2009, 8:42 p.m. CST

    I'll put my faith in Fincher and Sorkin

    by My friends call me Killjoy

    His track record is very, very good. When a decent movie like Panic Room is the "low point" of your career, you're doing something right. <p> I agree with GQTaste, Zodiac is great! The best film of that year in my opinion.

  • June 23, 2009, 8:52 p.m. CST

    Fincher! Make Torso already for fuck sakes.

    by Stuntcock Mike

  • June 23, 2009, 8:53 p.m. CST

    George Lucas to direct trilogy based on mIRC

    by mitortilla

  • June 23, 2009, 9:02 p.m. CST

    AOL Instant Message The Movie!

    by lockesbrokenleg

    Two hours of LOL, and BRB and WTF

  • June 23, 2009, 10:03 p.m. CST


    by kolchak

    The general public will not care about AVATAR a fourth of what you people do.

  • June 23, 2009, 10:41 p.m. CST

    I could see Fincher being interested in this...

    by jimmy_009

    ...from a purely scientific angle about how networks form and thrive. He seems like the brainy type that would find that interesting and see the drama in it.

  • June 23, 2009, 10:45 p.m. CST

    This is as lame as the BATTLESHIP board game movie adaptation th

    by RobotKing

    What's next? A Pizza Hut movie?

  • June 23, 2009, 10:55 p.m. CST

    Another thought

    by RobotKing

    This movie will be irrelevant and forgotten in 5 years. Just like Facebook, Twitter and MySpace, or any other cultural fad.

  • June 23, 2009, 11:21 p.m. CST

    Have we really come to this?

    by Aftermath1349

    Either I'm tripping balls or going crazy because this is too fucking crazy to believe. A movie. About the guy who created facebook. Are. You. Kidding? How about we get back to making art? Give Jodorowsky the money you'd spend on this shit so the world can be a better place and not filled with more garbage bullshit that won't have any relevance the year after it comes out.

  • June 23, 2009, 11:32 p.m. CST

    David Fincher

    by Series7

    Gets attached to everything. Won't believe it until I see the teaser.

  • June 23, 2009, 11:38 p.m. CST


    by Sicuv Uyall

    How do you go from something classic like Fight Club to a movie about Facebook? What the fuck?? Zodiac was just aiggght, but Benjamin Button was basically Forest Gump 2. What next, Teletubbies??

  • June 23, 2009, 11:40 p.m. CST

    Grilled: The KFC Coupon Movie

    by Sicuv Uyall

    Alfre Woodard to play Oprah.

  • June 23, 2009, 11:48 p.m. CST

    Flop - sorry can't see anything but.

    by hallmitchell

  • June 23, 2009, 11:52 p.m. CST

    David - please make Motley Crue movie

    by hallmitchell

    The dirt,

  • June 24, 2009, 12:15 a.m. CST

    Flash of Genius,

    by kolchak

    With Kinnear playing the guy who invented the windshield wiper, wasn't that bad. <p> But this? No thanks.

  • June 24, 2009, 12:58 a.m. CST


    by Melvin_Pelvis

    this will be the most significant movie of our time!

  • June 24, 2009, 1 a.m. CST


    by gruemanlives

    Ouija the movie, monopoly the movie, facebook the movie, WTF...the movie

  • June 24, 2009, 1:13 a.m. CST

    Facebook Is For Fucking Idiots

    by Tall_Boy66

    Social networking is for navel gazing twats. Congratulations, you're an idiot who luvvvesss feeling important. Lame.

  • June 24, 2009, 1:13 a.m. CST

    I wish Fincher...

    by codymr

    would make Rendezvous With Rama with Morgan Freeman already. That should happen.

  • June 24, 2009, 1:16 a.m. CST

    The Pizza Hut Movie idea is hilarious.

    by mitortilla

    But I think a movie based on Domino's Pizzas' the Noid would bring more cash to studio execs. The Noid. Hahahaha

  • June 24, 2009, 1:46 a.m. CST


    by christian66

    Yeah, let's go see FACEBOOK: THE MOVIE because we don't get enough of it at home.

  • June 24, 2009, 2:49 a.m. CST

    Adult Friend Finder movie maybe...

    by Brannagins Law

    but just like the craigslist movie, no one cares.

  • June 24, 2009, 3:34 a.m. CST

    if they can make a movie out of...

    by Crewman Number Six

    if they can make a movie out of a theme park ride, then they can make a movie based on a web site. And I mean the actual web site, not the guy who created it. Uwe Boll would be dead keen.

  • June 24, 2009, 3:42 a.m. CST


    by SunTzu77

    Fincher... hurry up and do "Torso"... not this crap.

  • June 24, 2009, 4:18 a.m. CST

    the stole spandau belly's idea!

    by ironic_name

    bookface: the bloody killenings of the man with a book for a face!

  • June 24, 2009, 6:10 a.m. CST

    who gives a shit?

    by The Amazing G

    4chan is 100 times more important and influential a website than Facebook will ever be, do a movie about that instead

  • June 24, 2009, 6:12 a.m. CST

    but seriously though...

    by The Amazing G

    a 15 year old kid creates a website for people to talk about anime and stuff and ends up conquering the internet, that's way more interesting

  • June 24, 2009, 6:21 a.m. CST

    they would never do it though...

    by The Amazing G

    browsing /b/ is pretty much like going to a Klan meeting these days (but with more porn), but of course if Michael Bay can get away with racism who knows?

  • June 24, 2009, 6:24 a.m. CST

    The IT Crowd did a brilliant send up of Facebook

    by growltiger

    It was there "Friendface" episode. And it was an hysterically funny episode as one could wish. We were in stitches watching it. <p> Okay, so that parody lasted only 20 minutes or so. But they managed to squeeze in how the social website takes ownership of user contributions, subliminal product placement, stalking, and so forth. <p> So I suppose a movie could be done. Heck, if Sorkin & Fincher did it, I would watch it when it came to basic cable.

  • June 24, 2009, 6:54 a.m. CST

    Wow! Sounds exciting!

    by fatjesuschrysler

  • June 24, 2009, 9:08 a.m. CST

    I'd rather watch 4CHAN: THE MOVIE

    by turketron_2

  • June 24, 2009, 9:09 a.m. CST


    by turketron_2

    the game

  • June 24, 2009, 10:52 a.m. CST

    You could try doing a little research y'know

    by The Funketeer

    Googling is not that hard. There's a lot of conflict in the story of how Facebook came to be. It's been written about extensively and publicly.

  • June 24, 2009, 1:16 p.m. CST

    This sounds painfully retarded.

    by IL_Deuce

    I won't be watching this.<BR><BR> Now... a Twitter movie? That's a whole different story!

  • June 24, 2009, 1:28 p.m. CST

    Lots of walk-and-talk scenes with CGI sets.

    by polyh3dron

  • June 24, 2009, 2:18 p.m. CST


    by MrMysteryGuest

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    by MrMysteryGuest

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    by MrMysteryGuest

  • June 24, 2009, 2:58 p.m. CST

    The Rise of Bing?

    by growltiger

    It could happen.

  • June 24, 2009, 4:14 p.m. CST

    AICN: The Movie would be like Jabba's throne scene <p>

    by RobertBaron

  • June 24, 2009, 4:15 p.m. CST

    AICN: The Movie would be like Jabba's throne room scene <p> for

    by RobertBaron

  • June 24, 2009, 4:59 p.m. CST

    Netscape Navigator the Far Side of the World

    by mitortilla

  • June 24, 2009, 8:10 p.m. CST

    Casting choices...

    by darthsynn

    Do you think Shia is being considered to play Zuckerberg?

  • June 25, 2009, 1:51 a.m. CST

    Vh1's I love the ninties, "The Movie." Get all those

    by GQtaste

    dumbass faux comics that nitpick every little fad of that time.

  • June 25, 2009, 3:38 p.m. CST

    Your friend became a fan of "Bare Feet"

    by Skyfly

    Would you like to become a fan?