Coming Soon: Facebook The Movie

The rise of Facebook has sometimes played out like some convoluted Hollywood script so the news that a movie based on Mark Zuckerberg’s rise to fame is nearing release won’t surprise many.

The official website of the film – which will be known as The Social Network – launched this week. The fact that the film doesn’t have the word Facebook in the title may mean that the filmmakers have had to take some artistic license with the source material to avoid any unwanted attention from Facebook founder Mark Zuckerberg’s lawyers.

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The film, due for release on 1 October, is based on Ben Mezrich’s 2009 book The Accidental Billionaires: The Founding Of Facebook, A Tale of Sex, Money, Genius, and Betrayal. The film stars Jesse Eisenberg as Zuckerberg and former pop-sensation Justin Timberlake as Sean Parker – founder of Napster and one-time Facebook president.

But whatever deviations from reality emerge, the film appears to be in good hands when it comes to documenting political machinations thanks to a script developed by West Wing creator Aaron Sorkin. The potential for irony in some of Zuckerberg’s pronouncements on privacy ishopefully too great to resist.

For more go to: eWEEK Europe UK

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