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Thursday, July 1, 2010

Facebook Movie Sneak Peek: "The Social Network" in Comic Form

Posted By on Thu, Jul 1, 2010 at 2:13 PM

Coming to a theatre near you in October is The Social Network, a movie about Facebook founder Mark Zuckerberg, based on the book The Accidental Billionaires by Ben Mezrich. Written by Aaron Sorkin (of Sports Night and West Wing fame) it stars Jesse Eisenberg as Zuckerberg and Justin Timberlake as Sean Parker, creator of Napster and onetime president of Facebook. (Also, the kid from Jurassic Park is in it!) You can watch the incredibly creepy trailer here

SFWeekly recently obtained a copy of The Social Network's script, and if there's any doubt in your mind about how compelling the story of a website's inception can be, cast it aside, because this is a funny, well-written story filled with greed, back-stabbing, and sex. Zuckerberg is cast as a witty (if socially inept) terror-nerd who cuts a wide swath through would-be friends and collaborators, who worships Parker, portrayed as a flashy rockstar type.

Above is our interpretation of an excerpt of the script in comic form. The dialogue appears exactly as it does in the scene, where Eduardo Saverin, a Harvard classmate and friend of Zuckerberg's who put up the initial cash to get Facebook off the ground, has just flown in from New York to visit their offices in San Francisco. He assumes the visit is friendly, but in fact, Zuckerberg (in the hoodie) and Parker are ambushing him in an attempt to cut him out of the company. Saverin grows irate and accuses Zuckerberg of planting a story that ran in the Harvard newspaper about him feeding a live chicken pieces of chicken meat. (We assume the film has higher production values than our comic.)

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