The last few months, we’ve had a few scoffs at the notion of a movie based on Facebook. It sounds completely absurd, I know, and the fact that Aaron Sorkin wrote it and David Fincher is directing hasn’t really mellowed our titters. It sounds like something of a sell-out project for both, right?
I recently got a chance, actually, to read the script for The Social Network, and it is fucking brilliant. It is vintage Sorkin — smart, deadpan funny, and exceptionally compelling, and it’s right in Sorkin’s wheelhouse, because the movie is framed around a court case. There is a really fascinating backstory to the creation of Facebook that involved the theft of ideas and quite a bit of backstabbing. It actually makes you see Facebook in a different light.
Jessie Eisenberg has officially signed on as Mark Zuckerberg, the guy who basically created Facebook in his Harvard doom room. Andrew Garfield will play Eduardo Saverin, the co-founder who had a falling out with Zuckeberg over money. And Justin Timberlake will play Sean Parker, the co-founder of Napster, who had a much bigger role in Facebook than I was aware of. And believe it or not, Timberlake is perfect for the role as something of a nerdy Playboy, and Eisenberg — well, he’s who I pictured as Zuckberberg before I even knew he was cast. He’s perfect.
Really, honestly: It’s going to be a great movie, once you are able to put aside the notion that it’s “The Facebook Movie.” It’s not about the website; it’s about the relationship dynamics behind creating it.