I've been struggling, I mean, REALLY struggling to find the words to best describe the unexplainable reason behind why so many big names in Hollywood are clamoring to get a movie about Facebook, tentatively called The Social Network, made and into theaters.
David Fincher has already been confirmed as the director of The Social Network and Kevin Spacey will be producing. Yes, that is the same David Fincher that directed last year's acclaimed The Curious Case of Benjamin Button, and other great films like Se7en, Fight Club and Zodiac. He also reportedly is involved in a segment of the newest version of Heavy Metal. Every one already knows what projects Kevin Spacey has been involved with: Se7en, The Usual Suspects, and American Beauty are among some of his best.
Speaking to MTV News, Spacey had this to say about the progress of The Social Network:
"We're at a very early stage, but I think it's on the fast track. I think the film - they want to do it and maybe even do it this year. So it's gonna happen."
According to The Playlist, casting has already started on The Social Network and there are some A-list actors being considered for the project. Shia LaBeouf was rumored to be in the cast early on, but Spacey shot those down as "pre-mature." Aaron Sorkin, who has done mostly TV dramas like West Wing, Sports Night and Studio 60 on the Sunset Strip, wrote the script for The Social Network and after a great review, was tapped to re-write Brad Pitt's vehicle Moneyball.
The story will follow the story of Mark Zuckerberg, the creator of Facebook, and how he started it as a "Hot or Not" website for Harvard girls, only to expanded it into the $16 billion social networking site it is today. I'm sure there is some melodrama thrown in - probably a broken romance - and for sure it will deal with the "stress" of becoming an overnight billionaire (boo-hoo my heart bleeds for you). All that sounds like good material for a movie but is it really something audiences will want to watch during a time of recession?
I will admit that I am a Facebook addict (I'm updating my status while writing this article), but do I really want to pay $10 (or more) to watch a movie about how it became popular? It would seem to me that the whole idea would make a better Hallmark Channel TV movie, possibly starring Noah Wyle and of course Meredith Baxter Birney (she is required for ALL made-for-TV movies).
What doesn't make sense to me is why all of these top Hollywood names are itching to get this movie made so quickly. The only reason I can come up with is that everyone involved has a Facebook page and checks it constantly with their ultra-hip iPhone. Speaking of which, as enamored with Apple as Hollywood is, you can bet that the iPhone will play a significant role in The Social Network movie (I am).
Still, with all the glowing press and accolades being heaped upon this idea, I can't help but be curious if it will be as good as advertised. Of course, this may just turn out to be another fad movie in the long history of fad movies that Hollywood tends to capitalize on. Anyone remember Rad in the 80's, Airborne and You've Got Mail in the 90's? If anything, the movie should at least be profitable. I mean, how much can it cost to make a movie about an internet startup? Plus they'll get free advertising and marketing on Facebook (oh great, more Facebook ads).
Oh well, I'm off to play Mafia Wars. Feel free to add me as a friend, I'm Paul Young; I've only got 304 and could use a few more.
Are you interested to watching a movie about a guy getting rich off Facebook or would you rather just update your status?
The Social Network currently has no release date.