End of Show reports that Columbia has green-lit The Social Network, the upcoming movie about the origins of Facebook. The project, being helmed by David Fincher (Benjamin Button, Zodiac, Fight Club), begins filming in October and will be released sometime next year.
The Social Network was penned by Aaron Sorkin (The West Wing, Charlie Wilson's War) and tells the story of Mark Zuckerberg, who created the social networking site in 2004 while a sophomore at Harvard. In the five years since, Facebook has amassed more than 200million users. Sorkin adapted his script from the Ben Mezrich book The Accidental Billionaires: The Founding of Facebook, a Tale of Sex, Money, Genius and Betrayal.
Kevin Spacey is acting as one of the producers and has already expressed great excitement over the project. No casting decisions have been announced. Posted 08.25.09 by reelz
About a month ago, we wrote that Kevin Spacey had signed on to produce The Social Network, an upcoming movie about the creation of Facebook. In a recent interview with MTV, Spacey talked about the project, saying that production may begin relatively soon.
We're at a very early stage. But I think it's on the fast track. I think the film — they want to do it and maybe even do it this year. So it's gonna happen. But I have no clue as to who may be in it, because ultimately that will be [up to] the director.
Although there's been no official announcement regarding a director, current rumors are pointing to David Fincher (Benjamin Button, Zodiac, Fight Club) as the most likely candidate. There are also speculations regarding possible cast members, but Spacey insisted that they are likely false.
I can't imagine anyone's read for it because we haven't really announced the director ... So I don't think anyone's read for it. Maybe in their fantasy they've auditioned for it.
The movie will be based on a script by Aaron Sorkin (The West Wing, Charlie Wilson's War) and tells the story of Mark Zuckerberg, who created the social networking site in 2004 while a sophomore at Harvard. In the five years since, Facebook has amassed more than 200 million users.
The Sorkin script is an adaptation of the Ben Mezrich book The Accidental Billionaires: The Founding of Facebook, a Tale of Sex, Money, Genius and Betrayal, which was released in stores last week. Posted 07.23.09 by reelz
Yesterday, Variety reported that David Fincher (Benjamin Button, Zodiac, Fight Club) is in talks with Columbia to direct The Social Network, an upcoming movie about the creation of Facebook. The movie would be based on a script by Aaron Sorkin (The West Wing, Charlie Wilson's War) and tell the story of Mark Zuckerberg, who created the social networking site in 2004 while a sophomore at Harvard. In the five years since, Facebook has amassed more than 200 million users.
SlashFilm reports that the Sorkin script is actually an adaptation of the Ben Mezrich book The Accidental Billionaires: The Founding of Facebook, a Tale of Sex, Money, Genius and Betrayal, which is due in stores on July 14. On the Amazon.com page for the book, there's a plug for the movie from none other than Kevin Spacey, one of the project's producers.
You may think you know the story of the Facebook phenomenon, but youhaven't heard the whole story and never like this ... [Mezrich] tells acaptivating story of betrayal, vast amounts of cash, and two friendswho revolutionized the way humans connect to one another – only to havean enormous falling out and never speak again ... I'm currently workingwith Dana Brunetti, Scott Rudin, Mike Deluca, and Aaron Sorkin on themovie adaptation of The Accidental Billionaires.If the book is any indication, the film is going to be a must see.
We can only speculate as to Fincher's interest in a project like this. The only connection we can come up with is the theme of obsession, which has shown up repeatedly in his films, from methodical serial killers (Se7en) to the "good guys" tracking them (Zodiac). And of course, there's the anarchic ramblings of Tyler Durden in Fight Club. We're anxious to see what happens next with this project. Posted 06.24.09 by reelz
The transition from current events to dramatic adaptations seems to move quicker and quicker these days. Both Variety and The Hollywood Reporter confirmed today that Columbia Pictures has acquired the rights to the life story of Richard Philips, the U.S. Navy captain whose ship was abducted by Somali pirates barely six weeks ago.
The movie will tell the story about the hijack, most likely with emphasis on Philips's surrendering himself to the pirates in order to save his crew. He was eventually rescued unharmed.
Kevin Spacey will produce, along with Scott Rudin, Michael DeLuca, and Dana Brunetti. No writers or actors are yet attached to the project. Columbia Studio Executive Doug Belgrad spoke to the press:
We were drawn to this remarkable story of heroism and courage as events were unfolding off the coast of Africa.
Columbia also gained the rights to Philips' upcoming memoir. No production schedule or release date has been announced for the movie. Posted 05.28.09 by reelz
It's been a while since Kevin Spacey has had a notable leading role but, oh boy, does he have one now. Variety confirmed that Spacey will star as the notorious Jack Abramoff in Casino Jack, due for release next year.
In 2006, Abramoff and several colleagues were indicted, tried, and convicted of defrauding American-Indian casinos out of many millions of dollars. Hayden Christensen, Christian Campbell, Spencer Garrett, and Jeffrey R. Smith will star as several of those colleagues.
Casino Jack will be directed by George Hickenlooper, who also helmed the Warhol-era indie Factory Girl. The screenplay is by Norman Snider, who also co-wrote the script for David Cronenberg's Dead Ringers. Posted 05.13.09 by reelz
Moon, an indie sci-fi film about disturbing discoveries at a lonely lunar outpost helmed by David Bowie's son, Duncan Jones, has been getting largely rave reviews on the film festival circuit. Finally, the trailer has been released. Some clips were available earlier, but the trailer offers new footage and a better sense of where the picture is headed. When things start to go wrong for a lonely space miner (Sam Rockwell), the computer GERTY (voiced by Kevin Spacey) looks like it might just go all HAL 9000 on him. Its emoticon puts on its twitchy face and suggests, "Perhaps you are imagining things." It's a menacing doubt also neatly incorporated into the movie's trippy new op-art-inspired poster. Posted 04.13.09 by reelz
Details about Duncan Jones' tale of tale of space-isolation, madness, and disturbing revelations begin to emerge in 5 clips of the upcoming movie. Moon, which will be premiering at Sundance on January 23, follows a space miner (Sam Rockwell) at a desolate lunar base as he discovers that the company that put him there may be using him in ways he hadn't considered. The clips feature a Hal-like computer, voiced by Kevin Spacey, sporting a smiley-face emoticon, and hints as to what might be driving the miner toward madness.
Given that the movie is being directed by Duncan Jones (aka Zowie Bowie), his vision of isolation and madness in space could by very interesting indeed. For more of Jones' take on Moon, check out his interview yesterday with Quiet Earth. Posted 01.15.09 by reelz
We caught fans' first reaction to last night's midnight screening of 21, starring Kate Bosworth and Kevin Spacey.
Next week we'll be at the first showing of Leatherheads starring George Clooney and Renee Zellweger. Posted 03.28.08 by Dack
Hollywood heads to Vegas once again for 21, a new flick based on the true story of six M.I.T. students who made millions by mastering the art of card counting at blackjack. Check out our interview with producer and star Kevin Spacey to learn more about 21's long road to the big screen, then read our 21 review to find out if it's a winner.
Posted 03.28.08 by reelz
Hopes for a sequel to Superman Returns, Bryan Singer's 2006 reboot of the fabled comic book franchise, received a welcome shot in the arm recently when Singer announced that he's moving forward with a follow-up, ending speculation that he might be finished with the Man of Steel. The project's still in its infancy, but if it does indeed take flight, star Kevin Spacey is down to reprise his role as the follicular-challenged archvillain Lex Luthor:
"I'm scheduled to come back, meaning that I made a deal to do a second film, and I think Kate (Bosworth) did as well," said Spacey today during press conference to promote his new gambling flick 21. "Bryan and I spoke last spring and I knew he was gonna do this film in Germany and then he was talking about doing another film after that. My suspicion is that if they are moving forward, it probably wouldn't start shooting until sometime in the spring of 2009 to be released in 2010."
Spring of 2009 -- that'll give producers more than enought time to find a replacement for Brandon Routh. Posted 03.13.08 by reelz