Last year, the rumor mills generated news of a Facebook movie in production. While it generated a considerable amount of interest from communities both off and online, the general public was skeptical about how it’ll fare on the big screen since the idea was rather ridiculous at the onset. The general consensus was highlighted with a “WTF” and an “are you kidding me?”
Those same sentiments continue to roll around the Interwebs even when the official poster was revealed. But now it’s blended with tingling intrigue and it even roused some mildly enthusiastic anticipation as the official trailer makes it way online. And now we’re skeptical about our skepticism: should we be cueing Keyboard Cat?
Remotely tech-related post and the trailer after the jump.
For the uninitiated, the movie is said to be roughly based on last year’s Ben Mezrich-authored The Accidental Billionaires: The Founding of Facebook – A Tale of Sex, Money, Genius and Betrayal. The upcoming movie has been christened as The Social Network, a title so simple and yet so meta it begs to have a meme of its own.
It’s a retelling of Facebook’s inception; from its founder and current CEO Mark Zuckerberg’s Harvard dorm room and through the trials it’s gone through to its current stance as the planet’s biggest social networking site. Sure, that seems like a section off the site’s near-emotionless Wiki entry, but as you can infer from the trailer, the David Fincher-directed movie will attempt to optimize its two-hour-or-more playing time highlighting the controversies and possibly the legal issues behind the site’s origins.
As you can see (?), the trailer makes it sound like a gratuitously dramatized thriller; like somebody will be dead before the end of the storyline. The background music bolsters this and you can imagine a barrage of covert paramilitary forces breaking into the Zuck’s home like he’s got the next iPhone iteration.
On the other hand, it also sounds like it’s an engrossing flick; arguably the kind legal dramas subsist on. We can perhaps credit screenplay writer Aaron Sorkin, who, in his laudable work in The West Wing, has managed to incessantly squeeze genuine excitement out of something as banal as walking around the halls of the White House.
But we’re not about to pass judgment on a movie based solely on what its trailer implied because the last one this writer made fun of ended up becoming a serious multi-awarded blockbuster (but to be fair, the Avatar trailer did look like a string of CG cutscenes off some Playstation title). In any case, it should be interesting to see how the movie turns out when it premieres this October.