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Will Movie Derail Facebook?

  • GigaOm, Wednesday, July 28, 2010 1:55 PM
If you couldn't already tell from the trailer, Columbia Pictures' forthcoming Facebook movie portrays Mark Zuckerberg as "vindictive and naïve." That's the conclusion GigaOm draws based on a leaked draft script of the film, "The Social Network," written by Aaron Sorkin. What's more, GigaOm's Liz Gannes believes the film has "a good chance of influencing popular opinion about the founder of one of the most-used web sites in the world."

According to Gannes, Sorkin's telling is based largely on largely on Ben Mezrich's book "The Accidental Billionaires," a dramatization of the history of Facebook as told to Mezrich by embattled Facebook cofounder Eduardo Saverin, "but Sorkin takes even greater liberties than Mezrich." No matter how brutal the portrayal, it's hard to believe that the movie, due out in October, will negatively affect Facebook's dominant market position. Despite Google's rumored social efforts, and the continued existence of MySpace, Facebook faces little competition. In all likelihood, any controversy generated by the movie will only serve to increase public interest in Zuck and his social network.

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