Aaron Sorkin Signs Up for Facebook
The notoriously Internet-hostile "West Wing" creator will chart Facebook's rise.
Sorkin is in negotiations to write an untitled film project about the creation and expansion of the popular social networking site Facebook.
Scott Rudin is attached to produce for Columbia.
Sorkin announced the project by setting up a pair of Facebook pages, one a group, and one a personal page that doesn't actually allow you to become his friend.
"I've just agreed to write a movie for Sony and producer Scott Rudin about how Facebook was invented," Sorkin says in the intro to his group. "I figured a good first step in my preparation would be finding out what Facebook is, so I've started this page. (Actually it was started by my researcher, Ian Reichbach, because my grandmother has more Internet savvy than I do and she's been dead for 33 years.)"
He goes on to list his various projects, including the scripts for "A Few Good Men" and "Malice" and serving as writer-producer-creator on "Sports Night," "Studio 60 on the Sunset Strip" and first four seasons of "The West Wing," before soliciting funny Facebook stories from group members.
Fans of Sorkin's work will recall that each of his shows has, at some point, included a subplot involving online crackpots and the tyranny of Internet public opinion, which presumably makes him the perfect person to chart the rise of Facebook.
Created by in 2004 by Harvard sophomore Mark Zuckerberg, Facebook has gone from a single-college network to a worldwide phenomenon with more than 60 million members and an estimated value in the billions.