As an unabashed Aaron Sorkin apologist, watching The Social Network was particularly enjoyable, not just because it's a mesmerizing and endlessly entertaining movie, but because the thing oozed Sorkin's influence, from its dialogue to its characterizations to its poultry sight gags. But just how much of a Sorkin amalgamation is the movie's depiction of Mark Zuckerberg? I've drawn some comparisons to Sorkin's previous characters to shed some light on the issue. Hey, beats beating the racist, sexist, fact-checking dead horse the Internet's been flogging all week, right?
When I heard about Facebook: The Movie, two thoughts came to mind: 1) Crap! Hollywood is now making remakes of websites?!! and 2) Crap! It's going to be one of those interactive movies like Mr. Payback. I'm going to go see Facebook: The Movie, and at the theater Hasbro will sue me, weirdos will try to befriend me, my identity will be stolen and the seat is going to try to SuperPoke me. Then I learned here that Facebook: The Movie is about the creation of the site, not the site itself. There's a Facebook group devoted to Aaron Sorkin's upcoming movie. I joined it, making it the third group I belong to on the site I joined solely because I was in grad school. Since they didn't ask my help in casting, I won't bother with FBTM. But here are some suggestions for other filmmakers thinking about making a movie about a website.
Thinking outside the box is not a new concept in Hollywood. I mean, this is the town that said, "I know! Talking, dancing Chihuahuas!" and then actually made a bunch of money. So, it may come as little surprise that they're doing the same thing with The Trial of the Chicago 7, an upcoming DreamWorks project about the 1968 riots at the Democratic convention and the events that followed. And by "same thing" I don't mean talking, dancing Chihuahuas. Praise be. Written by Aaron Sorkin, the political drama has had a few directors who've come in for talks about attaching themselves to the film, including Steven Spielberg, Paul Greengrass, and Ben Stiller. No, you totally read that right. Stiller is the latest in a line of helmers that have been in discussions to work on the film, even though this project is decidedly different in tone from the rest of the director's oeuvre. Not that a guy can't change direction or want to work on something a little bit different, but it seems an interesting choice.