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David Fincher Set to Direct Facebook Movie

By Dustin Rowles | Industry | June 23, 2009 |

By Dustin Rowles | Industry | June 23, 2009 |

David Fincher! The visionary director behind Se7en, Fight Club, The Game, Panic Room and Zodiac (we’ll leave Benjamin Button off out of respect for the director) is in “advanced negotiations” now to make his most ambitious film yet: Facebook: The Movie!

Actually, it’s no longer called that. It’s called The Social Network, but it’s still the same movie. It’s an origins story focusing on the evolution of Facebook from the time it was created at Harvard in 2004 all the way until now, as its recently passed MySpace to become the largest Social Network online. Aaron Sorkin (“West Wing,” “Sports NIght”) as you may recall, has already written the script.

Maybe the project doesn’t sound so absurd — Fincher is an innovative tech geek. He recently directed the spots you see on television for the new iPhone. The problem, I think, is that — in an attempt to cover newfangled means of communication — he’s likely going to be left behind. After filming, editing, and marketing, The Social Network won’t likely see big screens for another 18 months, and my guess is that the Facebook phenomena will have already waned, like MySpace and Friendster before it. I think, in a way, it’s already starting to. Facebook started losing some of its cool factor (and usability) when everyone’s parents got their own accounts — now parents are doing what’s basically tantamount to email forwarding on their Facebook accounts.. It’s an awesome tool for bringing people together on the Internet, but I’m beginning to fear that it’s brought us too close together.

Fight the power. Block your relatives! I did, and now we no longer speak.

Facebook is good for something, I suppose.

Dustin is the founder and co-owner of Pajiba. You may email him here, follow him on Twitter, or listen to his weekly TV podcast, Podjiba.

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