Aaron Sorkin, a man whose discomfort with the Internet goes way, way back to the days he got angry at the Television Without Pity message boards, is writing a movie about the founding of Facebook. Sorkin has created a Facebook group for "Aaron Sorkin & the Facebook Movie" on which Sorkin (or is it his assistant?) (or is it someone pretending to be his assistant?) writes:
I've just agreed to write a movie for Sony and producer Scott Rudin about how Facebook was invented. 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.)
Facebook Sorkin seems pretty legit: He's answering questions about his life and work, posting photos of himself playing tennis, cracking Sorkin-y jokes. But is it real? Over on the message boards, a collection of journalists are leaving plaintive requests for someone, anyone, official to contact them.
But in an e-mail to Vulture, producer (and former Vulture boss) Scott Rudin has confirmed that this is indeed Sorkin, and that Sorkin is indeed writing a Facebook movie for Sony.
What on earth will Sorkin's Facebook movie be like? We guess we're glad he's learning what Facebook is before he writes it, although we're sad he'll never know the glory that was Scrabulous. And how will the master of guys walking down hallways and talking write scenes of guys IMing each other for hours?
Aaron Sorkin & The Facebook Movie [Facebook]