When I first heard that Columbia was developing a Facebook movie, I pretty much dismissed it as internet rumor getting out of hand. I imagined a movie all about characters who spend all their time updating their statuses and 'poking' each other. However, when rumors started to circulate that David Fincher (Fight Club, Benjamin Button) might be helming the project my interest was piqued.
The Social Network, scripted by Aaron Sorkin (West Wing alum and writer of Charlie Wilson's War) will focus on the foundation of the company and the relationships between the various parties involved in its conception. The story has already been the subject of a book by Ben Mezrich (The Accidental Billionaires) on which the screenplay is based.
In late August the news came through that Columbia had green-lit the movie with a budget of $47 million, and it will go before cameras in October.
As for the main cast, News in film has the story:
According to Scriptshadow, Jesse Eisenberg (Adventureland) is set as Mark Zuckerberg, the now 25-year-old CEO of Facebook with a net worth over $100 million. Pop entertainer Justin Timberlake is on board as Sean Parker, the entrepreneur who created Napster and became Facebook’s President when they incorporated in 2004. Andrew Garfield (Boy A) will play Eduardo Saverin, one of the social networking site’s co-founders.
I'm not overly impressed with the idea of Timberlake having a big role in this movie, as a rule of thumb you should leave the musicians to their music. Having just watched Adventureland today I can say that Eisenberg will be a perfect fit for the geeky teenager who creates a social networking site to help him meet girls and accidentally starts a phenomenon. He's got that Michael Cera, geeky charm.
Source: News in film