Aaron Sorkin plans Facebook, the movie

By Emily Morgan

August 30, 2008 at 12:31pm

More than 100 million people use Facebook, but until recently, Aaron Sorkin was not one of them.

Now Sorkin has a good reason to sign up. Sorkin plans to write the movie version of the popular networking site.

Sorkin will team with producer Scott Rudin for the film, which will tell the story of Facebook’s origins, when it was co-founded by Harvard roommates Mark Zuckerberg, Chris Hughes and Dustin Moskovitz.

Facebook was availabe first only to Harvard students, then expanded to accommodate all Ivy League students. Now, anyone can join the site.

Sorkin is best known for writing the films Charlie Wilson’s War and A Few Good Men, as well as the TV show The West Wing.

Before he begins the screenplay, Sorkin is sharpening his internet skills.

On a new Facebook group page, titled “Aaron Sorkin & The Facebook Movie,” Sorkin admits, “I figured a good first step in my preparation would be finding out what Facebook is, so I’ve started this page. (Actually it was started by my researcher, Ian Reichbach, because my grandmother has more Internet savvy than I do and she’s been dead for 33 years.)”

Sorkin has not yet revealed whether the movie will address the controversy concerning the founding of Facebook.

In 2004, identical twins Tyler and Cameron Winklevoss, founders of the social networking site ConnectU, sued Facebook. They claimed that Zuckerberg, their Harvard classmate, stole the idea for Facebook after they had hired him to write code.

The lawsuit was settled in early 2008. It was decided that Facebook would acquire ConnectU, and the founders of ConnectU would receive an undisclosed sum of money and stock in Facebook.

After the ruling, the Winklevoss brothers protested that Microsoft’s October 2007 investment in Facebook proved the company’s value to be $15 billion, not $3-$4 billion, as had been claimed in the lawsuit.

U.S. District Court Judge James Ware ruled that the Winklevoss brothers weren’t allowed to file an appeal until the original settlement goes through.

In the meantime, the Winklevoss twins competed in the Bejing Olympics for the U.S., receiving sixth place in the men’s pairs rowing competition.

Sorkin has asked Facebook users to contribute their stories to aid him in writing the film. He promises, “I’ll try to get better at this as I get more practice.”

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  • #1.   Bill D Williams 08.30.2008

    Snoozefest! This is interesting, but does it make a good movie?! “Bringing Down the House” was spectacular book, but the movie was boring. Try reading “Caribbean Dreams: True Story of an Ivy League Couple who Bought a STRIP CLUB in the Caribbean” if you want a sexy romance and violent drama and are a bit bored by technology flicks. But, Mezrich is awesome!!!!

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