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UPDATED: David Fincher may make a film about Facebook

Posted by LiveFor on June 24, 2009

David Fincher is in early talks to direct Columbia’s untitled movie about the founders of the popular social networking site Facebook according to THR.

Aaron Sorkin is writing the project while Scott Rudin, Kevin Spacey, Michael De Luca and Dana Brunetti are producing.

If a deal makes, Fincher could be behind the camera by the end of the year.

Fincher last directed one of last year’s awards darling, “The Curious Case of Benjamin Button.” He came close to directing the period Eliot Ness serial killer movie “Torso” but Paramount allowed that project’s option to lapse. He still has the adaptation of the graphic novel “Black Hole” set up at that studio.

This just seems like a pointless kind of film that is just surfing the zeitgeist sea. However, Fincher does make some interesting films – Benjamin Button was a bit of a non-event for me though. How do you feel about a Facebook film?

UPDATE: Suddenly this sounds a bit more interesting. /Film have the news that the film will be based on a new book by Ben Mezrich called The Accidental Billionaires: The Founding of Facebook, a Tale of Sex, Money, Genius and Betrayal.

Eduardo Saverin and Mark Zuckerberg were Harvard undergraduates and best friends–outsiders at a school filled with polished prep-school grads and long-time legacies. They shared both academic brilliance in math and a geeky awkwardness with women. Eduardo figured their ticket to social acceptance–and sexual success–was getting invited to join one of the university’s Final Clubs, a constellation of elite societies that had groomed generations of the most powerful men in the world and ranked on top of the inflexible hierarchy at Harvard. Mark, with less of an interest in what the campus alpha males thought of him, happened to be a computer genius of the first order. Which he used to find a more direct route to social stardom: one lonely night, Mark hacked into the university’s computer system, creating a ratable database of all the female students on campus–and subsequently crashing the university’s servers and nearly getting himself kicked out of school. In that moment, in his Harvard dorm room, the framework for Facebook was born.

What followed–a real-life adventure filled with slick venture capitalists, stunning women, and six-foot-five-inch identical-twin Olympic rowers–makes for one of the most entertaining and compelling books of the year. Before long, Eduardo’s and Mark’s different ideas about Facebook created in their relationship faint cracks, which soon spiraled into out-and-out warfare. The collegiate exuberance that marked their collaboration fell prey to the adult world of lawyers and money. The great irony is that while Facebook succeeded by bringing people together, its very success tore two best friends apart. The Accidental Billionaires is a compulsively readable story of innocence lost–and of the unusual creation of a company that has revolutionized the way hundreds of millions of people relate to one another.


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The Random – True Lies 2, Preacher, Heath Ledger, Benjamin Button, Torso, London Boulevard, G.I. Joe, Star Trek

Posted by LiveFor on January 23, 2009

Tom Arnold is talking about getting True Lies II together again, and with Arnold Schwarzenegger on board – “If all goes as planned, the day Arnold leaves office, we will again team with Jim Cameron and do a comedy. Jim says it might not be called True Lies II, but it will be fun.”

According to The Hollywood Reporter, John August will be stepping in for scripting duties on the adaption of Garth Ennis and Steve Dillon’s Preacher. Sam Mendes is still down to direct it. Wouldn’t it be cool if they could get Clint Eastwood to play the Saint of Killers.

Heath Ledger’s ‘Dark Knight’ Oscar Nomination arrives on the Anniversary Of his death.

The LATimes have the interesting news that The Curious Case of Benjamin Button may not be profitable despite being nominated for a load of Oscars.

Paramount has let the rights to the novel behind the film adaptation of Torso lapse meaning David Fincher’s planned film is all up in the air. Paramount had an option on the novel and had the rights to extend that option but let that slip last month. The Hollywood Reporter has more.

Colin Farrell is to star in London Boulevard with Keira Knightley. The crime drama based on Ken Bruen’s novel of the same name, is to be directed by the writer of The Departed, William Monahan, who is making his directorial debut. Farrell will be playing a London-based criminal just released from a stint in prison who tries to give up his gangster way of life by becoming a handyman for a reclusive actress, played by Knightley. First Showing have more.

Entertainment Weekly spoke to Stephen Sommers about G.I. Joe“I always loved the old Bonds. It’s funny now how Bond wants to be Bourne. I loved Quantum of Solace, but it was like, man, this is a completely different movie to the Bonds I grew up with. In a very contemporary way, G.I. Joe is inspired by the memory of the kind of movies I saw when I was younger. I remember being in the theater for Thunderball and the big underwater battle at the end of that movie just blew my socks off. In G.I. Joe, there’s an underwater battle under the polar icecap that’s Thunderball times 10!”

USAToday.com has a first look at the new line of Star Trek toys which will be released in association with JJ Abrams’ new film. The Transporter PlaySet comes with Scotty and features real transporter beam effects (I assume that doesn’t mean the ability to teleport objects is contained within it’s plastic structure).

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Matt Damon as Eliot Ness in Torso

Posted by LiveFor on September 5, 2008

Cleveland.Com have been talking about a new David Fincher film that may be being shot there. Paramount Studios wants to shoot “Torso,” a big-budget production that will star Matt Damon as Eliot Ness, early next year in Cleveland. But studio officials say they need incentives to film in the state.

Torso was co-written by Brian Michael Bendis, who has since gone on to a very successful mainstream comic career in such series as Daredevil and Ultimate Spider-Man, and Marc Andreyko

The novel’s story is a fascinating one – and it’s true, too. While Ness was working in Cleveland, torsos started showing up in the city’s river and, at the same time, Ness began to get taunting letters from the killer. Despite his total lack of background in police work, the former treasury agent was able to put together a team to track down and arrest the man.

The screenplay is being adapted by Ehren Kruger, and Todd McFarlane (who originally optioned the property) is among the producers.


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