A drama film that tells the story of the social networking site Facebook was created, whist describing the worldwide phemimnom that it created is coming a screen near you. Scheduled for October 2010, ‘The Social Network’ tells of how Mark Zuckerberg became a billionaire in such a small space of time, whilst picking up friends, and enemies, along the way. His fortune and success brings with it serious personal and legal complications. The tagline of the film is ‘You don’t get to 500 million friends without making a few enemies’. This refers to the fact that, soon after Zuckerberg created the social networking site, the Harvard student became a worldwide superstar, gaining friends on his own creation.
None of the Facebook creators (Zuckerberg or co-creators Eduardo Saverin, Dustin Moskovitz and Chris Hughes) actually feature in the film; apparently they want nothing to do with the production of the movie. The characters, though, will be played by a relatively low-key cast. Playing Zuckerberg is Jess Eisenberg, who is most famous for playing Columbus in horror comedy ‘Zombieland’. Saverin, who left the group of friends before Facebook became what it is today, is played by Andrew Garfield, who played Anton in ‘The Imaginarium of Doctor Parnassus’, alongside Heath Ledger. Saverin’s departure from Facebook resulted in subsequent legal action, which plays a major role in the film. Saverin eventually obtained the rights to have his name down as one of the founders of the social networking site.
Also appearing in the movie is pop music sensation Justin Timberlake, who plays Sean Parker, the president of Facebook. The film is directed by David Fincher, who is well known for his dark thrillers. ‘Se7en’, ‘The Game’ and ‘The Curious Case of Benjamin Button’ are among Fincher’s creations. Kevin Spacey is among the producers for the film. Spacey played Lex Luthor in ‘Superman Returns’ and the Emmy and Golden Globe nominee says that “the Social Network is probably going to be a lot funnier than people might expect it to be.” The movie is similar to Ben Mezrich’s book, ‘The Accidental Billionaires: The Founding of Facebook, A Tale of Sex, Money, Genius, and Betrayal’, although the book concentrates more on the later years of Facebook.
Ironically, Sony decided to advertise the movie on Twitter. Facebook do not allow advertisements on their website unless they are co operating. Zuckerberg is quoted as saying that he wishes the film had never been made in his lifetime, which suggests he wants little to do with the movie. Twitter, then, was Sony’s choice of platform.
Although the film has been put down as a drama film, as well as a comedy according to Spacey, the trailer suggests that the film has a dark side to it. Although the idea of a movie about a social networking site may be a ridiculous one, the story of glory, passion and greed, along with the less-well known cast, be a be big hit. The film is set to be released in October in USA but Columbia Pictures are yet to announce a UK release date.
You can watch the trailer on YouTube.