By now, you’ve all not only heard about the Facebook movie — now formally titled “The Social Network” — you may also have heard that it’s supposed to be downright fantastic.
At least, that’s what they’re saying about the script now making the rounds. But the script — written by Aaron Sorkin (The West Wing, Sports Night) is also dead-on when it comes to raising the Big Issues facing the omnipresent social networking site.
Sorkin’s script is based on Ben Mezrich’s The Accidental Billionaires: The Founding of Facebook, A Tale of Sex, Money, Genius and Betrayal, which is due for release next week. (And with a title like that, how could it not be a hit?) While most reviewers have shied away from quoting much of Sorkin’s script, Forbes.com had no such qualms, and even gave us one tasty morsel of a scene to examine.
First, you’ve got to know the backstory, and the claims of betrayal at the heart of the book, the movie, and (maybe?) the Facebook story. While at Harvard in the early 2000s, Cameron Winklevoss, Tyler Winklevoss and Divya Narendra struck a deal with Mark Zuckerberg to develop a social network for the university’s students and alumni — ConnectU.