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EXCLUSIVE: Aaron Sorkin’s Full Screenplay For ‘The Social Network’ – Plus Q&A

Pete Hammond

EXCLUSIVE: With Sony Pictures’ permission, Deadline Hollywood presents Aaron Sorkin’s full screenplay here for The Social Network. Also, my interview with this frontrunner for Best Adapted Screenplay Oscar follows:

Aaron Sorkin set out to be an actor, but those early career plans were trumped when he began writing for the stage. In 1989, at the age of 28, he was named Outstanding American Playwright by the Outer Critics Circle for A Few Good Men. Just three years later, he wrote the screenplay for the film version which was nominated for the Best Picture Oscar. His subsequent success in film has included scripts for Malice (1993), The American President (1995), Charlie Wilson’s War (2007) and the upcoming Moneyball. As an Emmy-winning television writer and producer, he was behind critically acclaimed Sports Night, long-running The West Wing, and the short-lived Studio 60 On The Sunset Strip. But he has never been nominated for an Academy Award:

DEADLINE: This script about the behind-the-scenes of the founding of Facebook is technically an adaptation but not based on the actual book?
AARON SORKIN: Initially, I was given a 14-page book proposal that Ben Mezrich wrote for his publisher about these guys and the friction between them. The publisher wanted to get simultaneous film deals and took it to Hollywood and that’s how it ended up in my hands. And I said yes on page three. That’s the fastest I’ve ever said yes to anything. And it … Read More »

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‘The Social Network’ Returning To Theaters; To Cross $200M Worldwide & Launch DVD

EXCLUSIVE: So how does Sony Pictures continue to remind awards voters about The Social Network when it was released way back in September? If you’re primo Jeff Blake, chairman of Worldwide Marketing and Distribution for Sony Pictures, you decide to re-release the Oscar-touted Facebook origins story in about 600 nationwide theaters on January 7th to take advantage of all the critical acclaim and awards hype. And then launch the DVD on January 11th with more than 8 hours of bonus extras. But you also fete the fact that The Social Network will pass $200 million at the worldwide box office within the week. To date, The Social Network has grossed more than $93 million in the U.S. and $104 million overseas. Commenting on the announcement, Blake said, “At the box office, this film showed true staying power, grossing more than four times its opening weekend gross – a rare accomplishment when the average for wide releases last year was below three times its opening weekend gross.” It’s the best chance Sony’s Columbia Pictures has had to win Best Picture Oscar since 1988.

The Social Network nearly swept honors from the National Board of Review, including Best Picture, Best Director, Best Screenplay, and Best Actor for Jesse Eisenberg. The film has also received six Golden Globe nominations, including Best Picture – Drama, Best Director, Best Screenplay, Best Original Score, and nominations for Eisenberg and Andrew Garfield, as well as two nominations from the Screen Actors Guild, including Ensemble and … Read More »

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Facebook Film ‘The Social Network’ Opens New York Film Festival

Mike Fleming

THE WORLD PREMIERE OF DAVID FINCHER’S THE SOCIAL NETWORK SELECTED AS OPENING NIGHT FILM

NEW YORK, July 8, 2010 – The Film Society of Lincoln Center announced today that David Fincher’s The Social Network has been selected as the Opening Night film for their upcoming 48th Annual New York Film Festival, kicking off at Alice Tully Hall on Friday September 24th. Directed by Fincher from a screenplay by Aaron Sorkin, The Social Network stars Jesse Eisenberg, Andrew Garfield, and Justin Timberlake. The film is set to be released by Sony Pictures Entertainment on October 1, 2010. The New York Film Festival runs September 24th – October 10th, 2010.

“It’s exceptionally rare to discover a film that so powerfully captures the spirit of its time; The Social Network is such a film. David Fincher and Aaron Sorkin are a director/writer team, like Lumet and Chayefsky before them, that make this movie not only of the moment, but reflective of larger cultural issues as well, and confirm their position at forefront of contemporary cinema,” says Richard Peña, Selection Committee Chair & Program Director, The Film Society of Lincoln Center.

On a fall night in 2003, Harvard undergrad and computer programming genius Mark Zuckerberg sits down at his computer and heatedly begins working on a new idea. In a fury of blogging and programming, what begins in his dorm room soon becomes a global social network and a revolution in communication. A mere six years and 500 million friends later, Mark Zuckerberg is the youngest

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HOT TRAILER: ‘The Social Network’

Mike Fleming

Sony Pictures released this teaser trailer for David Fincher-directed and Aaron Sorkin-scripted The Social Network, with Zombieland‘s Jesse Eisenberg as Facebook’s Mark Zuckerberg. The film debuts October 1.

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