Word on the street is that scouts for "The Social Network," a flick based on local author Ben Mezrich's tell-all book about the founding of Facebook in a Harvard dorm, are actively looking for locations in Cambridge and Boston armed with a script crafted by Aaron Sorkin, the writer for such flicks as "Charlie Wilson's War" and "A Few Good Men."
Production is slotted to kick off on Monday, October 19 and is reportedly backed with a $47 million budget from Columbia Pictures. Kevin Spacey, who in 2007 filmed the made-in-Boston flick "21" which was also inspired by one of Mezrich's non-fiction works called "Bringing Down The House," is producing alongside Scott Rudin and Dana Brunetti.
David Fincher, known for highly stylized work with films like "The Curious Case of Benjamin Button" and "Fight Club," is in advanced negotiations to direct.
The script follows founder Mark Zuckerberg getting dumped at a Boston-area bar and ends with him adding his former girlfriend to his friend list on his multibillion-dollar social networking site. The story is based on Mezrich's latest book, "The Accidental Billionaires: The Founding of Facebook. A Tale of Sex, Money, Genius and Betrayal."
Zuckerberg launched Facebook in Cambridge of 2004 before he moved to a house in Palo Alto, California and opened his first office on the Left Coast in the summer. As Facebook lore suggests, he planned to return to Harvard in the fall of '04, but never did.
Sorkin's 162-page script includes some supposed behind-the-scenes banter with ConnectU founders Cameron Winklevoss, Tyler Winklevoss and Divya Narendrera after filing a lawsuit in 2004 alledging the unauthorized use of ConnectU's source code.
In the clip below, Sorkin spills on why he agreed to write the screenplay after reading only three pages of a 15-page book proposal from Mezrich. "If you asked me why did I say 'yes,' I'm not sure that I could give you a clear answer," Sorkin says. "But it's the fastest I've ever said 'yes' to anything."
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