Columbia project will trace evolution of site
Aaron Sorkin has a Facebook page — and a new screenwriting gig.Sorkin set up a page for himself on the social networking site, essentially announcing that he will be scripting a movie about the formation of Facebook. Scott Rudin is producing for Columbia Pictures. Sorkin’s declaration, presumably done so he could experience Facebook as a research tool, came as a surprise to the studio, which was trying to fly under the radar on the project. The film will focus on the evolution of Facebook from its 2004 creation on the Harvard campus by sophomore Mark Zuckerberg to a juggernaut with more than 60 million members. The company was reportedly valued at $16 billion last year when Microsoft outbid Google to invest $240 million for a 1.6% stake in the company. Along with the events that created the phenomenon, the film will cover how these unimaginable overnight riches changed the lives of Zuckerberg and his Facebook cohorts. Sony Pictures declined comment. Sorkin said another project, “The Trial of the Chicago 7,” is in pre-production after being postponed in the wake of Steven Spielberg’s ankling as director.