Archive for 24/07/2010

Long title for a blog post, isn’t it? Well actually, it’s the tagline for The Social Network, a movie about our more than just favorite website, Facebook. It was about to happen sometime. What you probably don’t know is that it’s coming to a theater near you in around October.
The movie’s premise is basically the founding of the website way back in 2004, though it seems as though the site has been around forever.

Teaser Poster: Looks Creepy

As written by Columbia pictures, the plot synopsis is this:

On a fall night in 2003, Harvard undergrad and computer programming genius Mark Zuckerberg sits down at his computer and heatedly begins working on a new idea. In a fury of blogging and programming, what begins in his dorm room soon becomes a global social network and a revolution in communication. A mere six years and 500 million friends later, Mark Zuckerberg is the youngest billionaire in history… but for this entrepreneur, success leads to both personal and legal complications.

The cast is a mix of familiar faces and newcomers, including pop sensation Justin Timberlake in the role of Sean Parker, the president of Facebook Inc. Mark Zuckerberg, perhaps the most popular co-founder and current CEO of the company, is played by Jesse Eisenberg, who was most recently seen in Zombieland. Disney Channel sweetheart Brenda Song (who acts in The Suite Life series) also has a role. The movie is directed by David Fincher, of fame. The screenplay is based on Ben Mezrich’s 2009 book The Accidental Billionaires: The Founding Of Facebook, A Tale of Sex, Money, Genius, and Betrayal.

Zuckerburg and Facebook

Though it’s not one of the highly anticipated movies of the year, it’s still generated a fan base. One person who is not part of it, however, is Zuckerberg himself, who has statedthe book and its movie adapation “should have never happened.” That’s a bold statement there, Mark. Just think of how much more money you would’ve made if you had been directly affiliated with it.
Another co-founder Dustin Moscovitz stated his disapproval, though not going as far as Zuckerberg. In his opinion, and based on the trailers, the movie seems to blow the whole process out of proportion, making it more exciting than the actual reality.
I’m not exactly sure how well the movie is going to do at the box office, especially that there has been a lot of recent uproar over Facebook’s privacy settings and information sharing, so let’s just say, we will have to wait and see what the final outcome is after the movie has had its run. Look out for The Social Network in theaters near you this October. Meanwhile, here’s the trailer.