Sunday, August 23, 2009

NEWS: David Fincher's Social Network Gets Greenlight...

The End Of Show is now reporting that Columbia Pictures has OFFICIALLY given David Fincher's new film, The Social Network, a bright green light.

David Fincher has officially signed on to direct, with the film having a $47 million budget, which will begin production in October. Scouts are currently looking for film locations in Cambridge and Boston.

The film will be based on a book called The Accidental Billionaires: the Founding Of Facebook, a Tale of Sex, Money, Genius and Betrayal, writen by Ben Mezrich, which will discuss the story of Eduardo Saverin and Mark Zuckerberg, who founded Facebook. The screenplay is written by the amazing Aaron Sorkin, and is currently in a 162 page form, which has recieved high praise.

Here's the story's synopsis:

Eduardo Saverin and Mark Zuckerberg were Harvard undergraduates and best friends–outsiders at a school filled with polished prep-school grads and long-time legacies. They shared both academic brilliance in math and a geeky awkwardness with women. Eduardo figured their ticket to social acceptance–and sexual success–was getting invited to join one of the university’s Final Clubs, a constellation of elite societies that had groomed generations of the most powerful men in the world and ranked on top of the inflexible hierarchy at Harvard. Mark, with less of an interest in what the campus alpha males thought of him, happened to be a computer genius of the first order. Which he used to find a more direct route to social stardom: one lonely night, Mark hacked into the university’s computer system, creating a ratable database of all the female students on campus–and subsequently crashing the university’s servers and nearly getting himself kicked out of school. In that moment, in his Harvard dorm room, the framework for Facebook was born.

What followed–a real-life adventure filled with slick venture capitalists, stunning women, and six-foot-five-inch identical-twin Olympic rowers–makes for one of the most entertaining and compelling books of the year. Before long, Eduardo’s and Mark’s different ideas about Facebook created in their relationship faint cracks, which soon spiraled into out-and-out warfare. The collegiate exuberance that marked their collaboration fell prey to the adult world of lawyers and money. The great irony is that while Facebook succeeded by bringing people together, its very success tore two best friends apart. The Accidental Billionaires is a compulsively readable story of innocence lost–and of the unusual creation of a company that has revolutionized the way hundreds of millions of people relate to one another.

My thoughts on this are clear. Anything Fincher touches, will be recieving my money, no matter what. Sure, I don't think this is the best project for Fincher, as I would rather see him take on some sort of darker tale, but personally, the man is one of the best directors working today, so not only does Fincher direct this film, but directs a screenplay by Sorkin, making this an awkward, but insanely interesting project. What d YOU think?

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