Aaron Sorkin, the creator of “The West Wing,” broke the news on Facebook, when he opened an account and announced his desire to write a movie script about the founders of the popular social networking site.
The word on the street has it that Scott Rudin (“There Will be Blood,” “The Other Boleyn Girl”) will produce the film for Columbia Pictures.The reports of Sorkin using Facebook as a research tool may be a bit exaggerated though. Sorkin, apparently, doesn’t quite grasp the how-to-use it idea. While we were able to find his profile, there was no way to connect to him. All the usual features such as send a friend request, view friends or send a message were disabled.
But that comes as no surprise after Sorkin’s non-techiness was quoted in the media. "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.)"
So far, thanks to Variety, we know that the movie will focus on the Facebook founder Mark Zuckerberg and the co-founders, his Harvard pals Dustin Moskovitz and Chris Hughes, who worked on the application in their dorm room. Facebook’s evolution from 2004 to present is truly amazing. At first, the membership was restricted to Harvard students only. The site now boasts more than 90 million active users worldwide and gives a paycheck to more than 600 people spread throughout the offices in New York, London and Palo Alto.
With Facebook’s open API, the company reports a network of over 400,000 developers using the API to create custom applications.
According to Facebook, the company was valued at US$ 16 billion in 2007, when Microsoft outbid Google to invest US$ 240 million for a 1.6% equity stake.
We weren’t shocked even when we heard about the idea of marrying Facebook to CMS. The Facebook phenomenon has been discussed by various media, and was even examined by Cornell University. Granted the university was mostly concerned about their students’ safety and personal data security. But the movie?! Perhaps, taking the Facebook obsession to the yet another level of pop culture would be a logical step. Who knows…
With this entire story carrying a distinct aura of extreme strangeness, we will have to wait and see if Sorkin’s idea will actually come to fruition. In the meantime, leave us a comment or two and let us know what you think about this utter craziness.