Facebook the Movie
August 30, 2008 2:17 PM   Subscribe

 
*explodes*
posted by Marisa Stole the Precious Thing at 2:24 PM on August 30, 2008


Metafilter the Movie
posted by nitsuj at 2:25 PM on August 30, 2008 [2 favorites]


I'll buy the movie rights to vi, if any of you people out there want to sell it. I've written about 10 pages of the spec script.
posted by sleslie at 2:37 PM on August 30, 2008 [1 favorite]


I'll buy the movie rights to vi, if any of you people out there want to sell it.
90% of viewers would never figure out how to leave the theatre.
posted by Wolfdog at 2:40 PM on August 30, 2008 [23 favorites]


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...

I, um, I guess I can't disagree with that approach.
posted by odinsdream at 2:49 PM on August 30, 2008 [1 favorite]


Someone already did what is basically "Facebook the Movie." This sounds more like a movie about facebook.
posted by needs more cowbell at 2:51 PM on August 30, 2008 [1 favorite]


Intriguing (as a diehard Sorkin fan, I admit I find any of this kind of news intriguing), but I don't really see the dramatic tension here.
posted by l33tpolicywonk at 3:10 PM on August 30, 2008


90% of viewers would never figure out how to leave the theatre.

Idiots!

Tap the door two times to enable the door's turning cylinders, turn the knob to the left if you would like to recall your memories of watching the movie in your brain in the future, and then turn the knob to the right like you would any other door. If you're really sure that you know what you're doing, punch the door with your fist at the end.

Simple.
posted by sleslie at 3:25 PM on August 30, 2008 [5 favorites]


I guess I'll have to watch it because it's Sorkin. But it seems like a pretty silly idea.
posted by Perplexity at 3:30 PM on August 30, 2008


(sigh)

Aaron Sorkin, why?

Things were going so well. Charlie Wilson's War reminded me why I fell in love with your writing to begin with -- the snarky one-liners, the big sweeping story arc, and the loveable characters that fight for an inner sense of justice. You reminded me why you were once one of my gods of writing. I was finally able to forgive you for turning Bradley Whitford into a stalkercreep (among other major sins) in Studio 60.

I was hoping that you'd realize that you do one thing really, really well, and keep doing that. But a Facebook movie doesn't seem like it fits the mold of what you do well. There's nothing wrong with being good at one thing. Humphrey Bogart made a career about of being Humphrey Bogart. And just because we have Obama doesn't mean we don't need inspirational fictional politicians anymore.

Maybe this facebook movie will be full of snappy one-liners and loveable characters trying to do what's best. However, it's about facebook, so I have my doubts.
posted by JustKeepSwimming at 4:09 PM on August 30, 2008 [1 favorite]


Coupon the Movie
posted by freshwater_pr0n at 4:20 PM on August 30, 2008 [3 favorites]


I'd be interested to see a documentary about Facebook's early days and the controversies around it, like was code stolen or not... anything else, not so much.
posted by fearfulsymmetry at 4:49 PM on August 30, 2008


It won't let me add Sorkin on Facebook, I must start a group in protest!
posted by liquorice at 5:13 PM on August 30, 2008


Tap the door two times to enable the door's turning cylinders, turn the knob to the left if you would like to recall your memories of watching the movie in your brain in the future, and then turn the knob to the right like you would any other door. If you're really sure that you know what you're doing, punch the door with your fist at the end.

People just need to stop trying to talk *and* move at the same time. One or the other, numbnuts.
posted by bonaldi at 6:23 PM on August 30, 2008


I remember the early days of "Aaron Sorking & The Facebook Movie". It was mid-August 2008 and it was such a surprise to see Mr Sorkin gracing the internet with his mere online presence. Here was the man who took a dump at TWOP (Mighty Big TV at the time) and referred to all online chatters as "muu-muu wearing, Parliament smokers" through his fictional stand-in, Josh Lyman on The West Wing.

The first of us to join the group were hardcore Sorkin fans. We lauded him with praise for everything he'd ever written. We agreed with him about everything. We wondered if he would call us all muu-muu wearing Parliament smokers again, but eventually he had to concede that we were baffling him with our wit and wisdom. We finally broke through to him - the internet could be full of interesting discourse. Or, at least, discourse about discourse. Facebook postings about Facebook. How very meta.

Even Josh Malina (he's starred in everything Sorkin ever wrote, except Studio 60 and Charlie Wilson) chimed in to welcome Sorkin to the 21st Century. And begged Sorkin to let him play one of the Facebook inventors when they grow up to be a middle-aged Jew. You know, some time in the future. And Sorkin revealed to us that Josh Malina was just an animatronic puppet that can only turn left. They were heady days.

Then mid-August turned into a few days later. That first weekend of people just stumbling across the place turned into friends of friends inviting everyone into the group to stare at the semi-famous writer - and it was more praise, more sucking up. And lots more posts about why Facebook is a good idea to keep in contact with people. But you can't actually friend Sorkin himself, oh no. That would get him too close to the unwashed masses. He might start having to wear a muu-muu himself.

Then articles began appearing - on ONTD, on Perez Hilton, on the BBC News website. Oh, yes, the story had appeal to every lazy news outlet who thinks a celebrity creating a group to publicise an upcoming project is worth blogging about.

So it's late August now, almost September. "Aaron Sorkin & The Facebook Movie" group has just reached double-digits in days that it has existed. Sorkin has stopped posting. Fans keep pestering him with even more arcane trivia about his television series. And he's probably looking down his nose at the internet all over again. Someone has even asked about his relationship with Kristen Chenoweth - which is fair game, since he fictionalised it lightly as Matt/Harriet in Studio 60.

It's not the same as it was. It grew too big, too quickly. And it's already burning itself out. I can't read "Aaron Sorkin & The Facebook Movie" any more without thinking back to the way it used to be. I guess I'll just wait for the film.
posted by crossoverman at 6:56 PM on August 30, 2008


MySpace has apparently already been done.
posted by bhance at 8:42 PM on August 30, 2008


Son, we live in a world that has walls.
posted by dhartung at 10:52 PM on August 30, 2008 [1 favorite]


If Joss Whedon were doing a facebook movie, half of MeFi would be here spooging all over.
posted by Saxon Kane at 1:32 AM on August 31, 2008


No here is the facebook movie. :P
posted by jeffburdges at 8:36 AM on August 31, 2008


His shows are over-rated tripe. This will be no different. That's why he's such a success.
posted by Zambrano at 9:50 AM on August 31, 2008


Pokeless in Seattle.
posted by ericbop at 7:47 PM on August 31, 2008


The Register has an "Exclusive storyboard peek".
posted by JonB at 5:14 PM on September 6, 2008


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