Facebook story set for big-screen movie

David Fincher in talks to direct a movie version of the story behind the the social-networking site success

Facebook: The Movie is going into production, with David Fincher in talks to direct the story of the social networking site which became a global phenomenon.
 
The feature film will focus on Mark Zuckerberg, who launched Facebook in 2004 after creating it as a tool for Harvard university students. According to Forbes magazine, the 25-year-old is ‘the youngest billionaire on earth and possibly the youngest self-made billionaire ever’.
 
Scripted by Aaron Sorkin, writer of hit television series The West Wing, the Columbia Pictures film is titled The Social Network and begins production later this year.

Fincher is in advanced negotiations to direct, according to The Hollywood Reporter. His previous credits include the Brad Pitt films Fight Club, Se7en and The Curious Case of Benjamin Button.

The history of Facebook is a contentious one and the film is likely to shine a light on the rift between Zuckerberg and a group of Harvard classmates who claimed he stole the idea from them.

Cameron and Tyler Winklevoss and Divya Narendra claimed they came up with the idea for the social networking site they called ConnectU but lacked the technical expertise to make it work, so enlisted the help of computer science student Zuckerberg.

When Zuckerberg launched Facebook, they launched a legal action against him. Earlier this year, a US law firm let slip that Facebook paid $65 million (£40million) to settle the claim. A condition of the deal is that all parties keep details confidential or face a multi-million dollar penalty, and neither side has commented.

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