According to Scriptshadow (a fantastic script blog by the way), The Social Network, better known as “The Facebook Movie,” has a script that is fantastic. I went on record when David Fincher was interested by saying that this must be something special. He doesn’t just hop on every passing film after all. Well apparently Aaron Sorkin has rustled up a winner. I think the main problem some had was thinking this would be a tangentially related film linking to Facebook. Instead it seems to be the story of a man going from being ‘normal’ (well, as normal as Harvard folks are) to being ridiculously rich.
The setup seems like a modern day greek tragedy, the rise and fall of a flawed man. The dot com generation’s “Hamlet” if you will. I think the idea of slipping into wealth so young is compelling. Personally I think I’d blow it on flares and hookers, but I’m boring.
I’m really, rather excited to see what becomes of this, and it’s good to see some positive buzz for once. I do say this as someone that has never poked someone or some other Facebook jargon. I think the story behind the frankly annoying timewaster could be thrilling. Obviously Fincher coming on-board would give this prestige straight off the bat, making it a much easier sell to those on the fence.
The next big question is where they’ll stray casting wise. For Mark Zuckerberg I think they need someone young and who can play a bit of a douchebag: I think I may have a winner – Emile Hirsch. He can act, is at the right age, and he’d also likely get the detractors on side. Until then, it must get over the hump of being ‘The Facebook Movie.”
What do you think? Could it be good? Would you be happy with Emile Hirsch?