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West Wing Writer Looks into Facebook the Movie

Possible reason why remakes are so common these days.

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Aaron Sorkin is a television and film writer/producer. He also acts (roles include: Man in Bar, Man at Bar, Aide in Bar, and Man in Crowd). You’re probably more familiar with his writer/producer status. He worked on The West Wing, Sports Night,  and Studio 60 on the Sunset Strip. He also wrote Charlie Wilson’s War and A Few Good Men.

Aaron Sorkin
Aaron Sorkin

Now Sorkin is looking to tackle the social networking universe. Well, Facebook at least. Sony Pictures along with producer Scott Rudin has tapped him to do so. His first course of action was to figure out what Facebook actually is. Sounds like the perfect guy for the job.

He has just started a Facebook Group about the potential movie. On it he says, "I honestly don’t know how this works, which is why I’m here. If anyone has any questions I’d be happy to answer them as best I can. If anyone has any comments I’m glad to listen. And if anyone has any Facebook stories I think they might be helpful."

Oh well, the movie’s probably going to have to include a fair bit of fiction to be  truly entertaining. Although, this is not the first time the concept has appealed to hollywood executives.

Apparently a lot of people think Facebook’s story is interesting enough to make a movie about. A spokeswoman for Facebook told the LA Times, "We are routinely approached by writers and filmmakers interested in telling the Facebook story or the stories of the more than 100 million people who use Facebook to share and make the world more open and connected. At this point, we have not agreed to cooperate with any film project, but we are flattered by the interest."

So they’re looking to make a movie about Facebook with a writer that’s never used it, and Facebook hasn’t agreed to allow it. There’s no telling when, and even IF this movie will be made. Still, fans remain optimistic. "Most people probably expected a Facebook movie to be a throwaway teeny bopper sex romp but with Sorkin behind it, this thing could actually be good. Wow, that’s a little scary," writes JoBlo.com.

If it doesn’t work out for Sorkin to make the movie, maybe they can go the "vs." route with MySpace. I can’t imagine it being any worse than "Alien vs. Predator", and that did well enough for them to make a sequel.

West Wing Writer Looks into Facebook the Movie
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  • http://officialsafetyandsecurity.com Debbie Morgan

    I think a movie is a great idea! Maybe not about FaceBook but invloving FaceBook as an intricate part of the plot.

    I use FaceBook to raise awarness for my safety and security web site as well as the need for my products. It would be way more than I could even hope for if the main characters were featured using my friendship and exposure to my products to carry out action in the story!

    A girl can dream can’t she?

  • http://car2be.com/ used bmw sale

    Thanks for the headsup on this fun project, Chris. How fascinating. I wonder who the target audience is to watch the movie… and if it’ll be in the vein of “The Secret” with some talking heads. ;)

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