Of all the subjects for a gritty, dark biopic about betrayal and human frailty, Facebook doesn’t seem like the most obvious. David Fincher (of Fight Club and Se7en fame) and Aaron Sorkin (writer of The West Wing), however, disagree – and at the New York Film Festival, Fincher will debut his new film “The Social Network,” based on the book “The Accidental Billionaires – The Founding of Facebook: A Tale of Sex, Money, Genius and Betrayal.”
The book depicts Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg’s lurid and stratospheric rise from bored Harvard hacker to 26-year-old billionaire in pitiless detail. The script, which leaked onto the internet earlier this year, is equally unforgiving, painting Zuckerberg as manipulative, sociopathic and vindictive.
With sterling AAA talent like Fincher and Sorkin backing it, the film benefits from a subject matter that almost creates its own buzz – the tagline “You don’t get to 500 million friends without making a few enemies” suggests an enormous built-in audience. The Social Network stands a solid chance of being one of the most compelling depictions of the allures and perils that unbelievable success offers to young entrepreneurs.
The most compelling endorsement of Fincher and Sorkin’s movie comes from Zuckerberg himself: The guy is furious, and has spooled his PR machine into overdrive trying to push back against the image it shows.
Seems like there’s something to it, then. You can check out the teaser trailer on YouTube.