The story of Facebook is set to hit theaters in October, starring Jesse Eisenberg as Facebook founder Mark Zuckerberg (pictured) and Justin Timberlake as Napster co-founder Sean Parker, directed by David Fincher, based on the book by Ben Mezrich. (*deep breath*). The script, from The West Wing‘s Aaron Sorkin (your parents’ Joss Whedon), made the 2009 blacklist, and a review of it showed up on the Times Online a couple days ago:
Six years ago Zuckerberg created what was to become the internet phenomenon Facebook in a “tidal wave” of grief after being dumped by his girlfriend. The Social Network is a highly dramatised version told in flashbacks recalled in the drama of a court hearing. The film opens on the night of February 4, 2004 when Zuckerberg, then 19, is seen to be dumped in a Harvard bar by his girlfriend, Erica.
In the film Zuckerberg retreats to his college dormitory where, in a drunken fever, he writes the computer code turning Harvard’s annual collection of student photographs and biographies into a website where he and his male friends rank Harvard women as barnyard animals. Thirty minutes after “Thefacebook” goes live, it is so popular that it crashes Harvard’s computer network.
The film claims that after Zuckerberg quit Harvard his personal life spun out of control, with Parker helping him indulge his fantasies with a stream of “groupies”. Sorkin’s screenplay suggests Parker knew Zuckerberg was driven not just by money or fame but also sexual insecurity. While he is depicted as receiving sex in bars, Parker runs the business.
I never receive sex in bars, mostly because I measure my sex in complicated pie charts. In any case, BroBible has posted the first scene from the script if you want to read it. It’s exactly what you’d expect from an Aaron Sorkin script — characters with specific motives that will drive the story, illustrated through rapid-fire, borderline excessive dialog. It describes Zuckerberg as a guy “whose lack of any physically intimidating attributes makes a very complicated and dangerous anger.” To me that seems like it’s a pretty simple anger, but whatever. Anyway, what I read was actually pretty good. I want to see this now. But keep in mind I just sat through Robin Hood last night, which was like Braveheart meets Schoolhouse Rock for retarded kids. Any dialog seems genius compared to Cate Blanchett yelling “This one’s for Robert!”