David Fincher's Social Network Movie Has Started Casting?
by Alex Billington
August 7, 2009
At least according to The Playlist that is. I still think there are plenty of people who just don't believe that David Fincher will be directing The Social Network movie about Facebook. Well you better believe it! Some interesting updates have popped up around the web recently that all seem to be alluding to the fact that he will be directing it and that it might be happening very soon. First off, Patrick Goldstein of the LA Times mentioned in an article earlier this week, that Fincher might be, oddly, taking a pay cut to direct this, which I guess further indicates he's farther along in negotiations than we first thought. But that's not all.
Additionally, The Playlist's Kevin Jagernauth claims that the recent news that producer Michael De Luca had extended his first-look deal at Sony until 2011 might be a good indication that The Social Network is close to getting a green light from the studio. And then there's the recent MTV interview with Kevin Spacey, who is also producing, where he says that it's moving along swiftly, too. "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." Spacey also confirmed that any early casting rumors (e.g. Shia LaBeou) were premature.
Speaking of casting rumors, Rodrigo Perez (also of The Playlist, where a lot of good info on this project is coming from) doesn't have any names to add into the mix, but he does say that one of his "close personal friends" is currently being pursued for a role in the film. Knowing Perez (I met up with him in Cannes), he actually does have some big New York-based actor friends, and I trust that he's reporting accurate details when he says that one of them is already getting early offers. Oh and let's not forget that Sony hired Aaron Sorkin to re-write Moneyball a mere two days after that glowing script review of The Social Network hit.
If I were Amy Pascal (if only), I would be giving this the go-ahead right away, too, considering how popular Facebook is (at this very moment) and the fact that it could always collapse and be forgotten in two years by the time this hits theaters (which might actually be good marketing for it anyway). Plus, they've got David freakin' Fincher, who is still a highly regarded - and now Oscar nominated - filmmaker attached to direct, so why not get this thing going before it loses steam? It all makes sense, right? So you better start believin'!