‘Black Swan’ Writer Mark Heyman Has Penned a Facebook Movie

Perhaps motivated by all of the awards season rivalry that existed last year between his own script Black Swan and the Aaron Sorkin penned The Social Network, writer Mark Heyman has written a Facebook story of his own. This new script, titled XOXO, seems to have a little bit in common with both of those aforementioned films. Like Black Swan it is a story about obsession and one character stalking another. Like The Social Network it examines the way that social media has altered our interactions. The story is about a young man who meets a girl online, starts up a relationship with her, but then finds her to be not quite what he expected once she starts taking the relationship to strange, stalkery places. The film is said to incorporate both webcam, documentary elements like last year’s case of mistaken online identity film Catfish, but also it will create stylized visual sequences to depict the online interactions between the two main characters, I guess kind of like Hackers.

The script doesn’t yet have financing or distribution, but it’s being sent around Hollywood right now to find just that. Seeing as Darren Aronofsky is attached to the project as a producer, Heyman won a bunch of BAFTA and Writers Guild awards and whatnot for Black Swan, and the script deals with the buzz word of “social media”, I’m sure that it won’t be long before somebody decides to pick it up. Until then I guess we play the waiting game. So, this is me signing off. XOXO

Source: 24 Frames

Photo via Rishi Bandopadhay/Flickr

Weaned on the genre films of the 80s. Reared by the independent movement of the 90s. Earned a BA for writing stuff in the 00s. Reviews current releases at

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