Facebook is the most popular social media site on the web. Ten years ago, we asked people we met for their phone numbers or email addresses, now we ask people if they’re on Facebook. It’s become more than a web sensation; it’s become an unhealthy addiction. It’s the little black book of the 21st century, a place to arrange dates and yes, even end marriages. It’s become everybody’s social calendar and source of social information. Yet there is a method, and a young CEO, behind the madness.
Mark Zuckerberg is a 25 year-old billionaire and the creator of Facebook. He started programming before he was in high school and set up the social media site from his college room in Harvard with the help of another student, Eduardo Saverin. Columbia Pictures have the movie rights for Aaron Sorkin’s (the creator of West Wing) bestselling book called “The Accidental Billionaires” which tells the story of how Zuckerberg started Facebook.
At the moment producers, who include Kevin Spacey, are calling the movie, “The Social Network” and have enlisted the services of the director of “Fight Club” and “The Curious Case of Benjamin Button,” David Fincher, to direct the film.
CNET says that the movie will portray Zuckerberg as an ‘obnoxious nerd’ and Facebook has reportedly warned employees not to talk to anyone who is involved in the movie.
A source working on the movie said that casting searches are under way and that both Shia LaBeouf of Transformer’s fame and Michael Cera, whose film credits include Arrested Development, are being considered for the role of Zuckerberg.
Kevin Spacey, who initially reviewed Sorkin’s book, wrote, “Mark (Zuckerberg) used his computer skills (to hack) into Harvard’s computers, pulling up all the pictures of every girl on campus to create a sort of ‘hot-or-not’ site exclusive to Harvard. Though the prank nearly got Mark kicked out of college, he and Eduardo realised that they were onto something big; what happened next, however, was right out of a Hollywood thriller”.
People may not be queuing around the block to watch the premier, but “The Social Network” is sure to be followed by much media hype.