I don’t remember where I heard it, but someone mentioned that Aaron Sorkin’s screenplay for The Social Network was the best they’d read in years. Now that I think about it, this was probably an unsubstantiated internet rumor, not from someone I actually know in person! Regardless, this stuck with me, as it’s pretty hard to imagine exactly what a movie about the founding of Facebook would look like. Those rumors about Justin Timberlake playing Mark Zuckerberg (Timberlake is in the film, but Zuckerberg is being played by Jesse Eisenberg) didn’t help. And now the teaser from Sony Pictures reveals very little about the film — other than the fact that they’re taking it very seriously:
Two questions spring to mind:
- Is this too soon for the Hollywood adaptation, ala Oliver Stone’s W.?
- How are they going to address the challenge of making computer use dramatic? Lesser filmmakers have stooped to having fellatio performed on computer users in an attempt to make typing interesting.
What do you think? Come October, will you be interested in paying money to see a movie about the founding of a website you use for free?