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This article was published on August 28, 2008


Facebook : The Movie

Facebook : The Movie
Mike Sheetal
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Mike Sheetal

Mike Sheetal is Founder/Director of UltraSuperNew Inc., a Tokyo based interactive creative agency. Originally from Australia, he has been li Mike Sheetal is Founder/Director of UltraSuperNew Inc., a Tokyo based interactive creative agency. Originally from Australia, he has been living and working in Japan since 2002 and working in digital media since 1994. He co-organises Tokyo2point0, an interactive industry networking event, and blogs at mikesheetal.com.

First it was “Prirates of Silicon Valley” that set the geek standard for biography films, now it seems that social networks are the next frontier in film inspiration. Aaron Sorkin, has started talking about starting the project to write about the formidable days of Facebook, commissioned by Sony Pictures according to severalnewssources. Sorkin previously wrote for TV series, “The West Wing” and “Studio 60 on the Sunset Strip”, as well as writing the screenplays for “A Few Good Men”, “Malice” and “Charlie Wilson’s War”.

The fun starts with the account set up for Sorkin on Facebook where the announcement was apparently first announced. I say apparently, because Sorkin’s facebook account (which you can see listed at the top of a search for his name on Facebook) has the privacy setting set high enough that nobody can see any information about Sorkin or request a friend relationship without knowing a direct email address.

Surprise, surprise, as it turns out, Sorkin is not so familiar with the internets. Via Worst Previews, here is what he had to say on the Facebook page :

“I’ve just agreed to write a movie for Sony and producer Scott Rudin about how Facebook was invented. 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.)”

Lets hope Aaron learns a few things about Facebook before he gets too far into the script.