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The Facebook Movie: Will You Be Watching?

Submitted by on July 12, 2010 – 8:04 am3 Comments

With the tagline “You don’t get to 500 million friends without making a few enemies,” The Social Network looks set to shine a light once and for all on the contention behind Mark Zuckerberg‘s title as “founder” of Internet behemoth Facebook.

The film’s themes of friendship, loyalty and betrayal promise to portray Zuckerberg (played by Jesse Eisenberg, who won the role over bigger drawcards like Shia Lebeouf and Michael Cera) as a highly complex character who—depending on how you look at it—is either a maniacal weasel or intuitive business wiz. (The movie’s first trailer spashes words like “Punk,” “Genius,” “Prophet,” Traitor” and “Billionaire” across the screen.) The film’s second trailer delves into the issues even more, showing what looks like an instant conversation between key people, where co-founder Eduardo Saverin says “They’re saying we stole Facebook” to which Zuckerberg rapidly replies, “They came to me with an idea, I had a better one.”

Written by screenwriter and playwright Aaron Sorkin, The Social Network is adapted from Ben Mezrich‘s book The Accidental Billionaires: The Founding of Facebook, A Tale of Sex, Money, Genius, and Betrayal. Directed by David Flincher (Flight Club, The Curious Case of Benjamin Button), the movie also stars Justin Timberlake, Rashida Jones and Brenda Song. Nine Inch NailsTrent Reznor is writing the soundtrack.

Check out the first trailer:

Here’s the recently released second trailer:

Zuckerberg has yet to officially comment on the film, but has allegedly said he’s dreading its release due to “inaccuracies in the book it was based on.”

The Social Network opens the New York Film Festival on September 24 at Lincoln Center’s Alice Tully Hall in NYC. General theatrical release is October 1. The film’s official site is 500MillionFriends.com.

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