David Fincher recently spoke to the folks over at /Film about his upcoming feature, The Social Network. The movie is a loose (key word loose) biopic that centers on the creation of Facebook and uses material from the book, The Accidental Billionaires: The Founding of Facebook, a Tale of Sex, Money, Genius and Betrayal. During and after the film’s production, it seemed that Mark Zuckerberg was fighting it tooth and nail but despite his reservations, Fincher didn’t change anything in the movie at the CEO’s request.
There was speculation that Fincher was asked by Facebook to make some alterations to the movie after they saw an early cut of it but the director quickly shot down those rumors.
Fincher: I have altered nothing for Facebook. But I have made considerable revisions for some of the requests by the MPAA.
Another major issue that people have with the film are the creative liberties it takes to tell the story. Certain events are said to have been amped up to make it more interesting. It’s a thin line to tread considering the people portrayed in The Social Network are still alive and can contest what’s shown.
Fincher: Well, I think you try to have a sense of who these people are to their world and to the world of the story, and you try to walk a line. I wouldn’t have made the film if I didn’t have great respect and admiration for the accomplishments of both Mr. Zuckerberg and Mr. Parker, and if I didn’t feel for both the Winklevoss and Savarin camps. I don’t know who said what to whom or when — for sure… But I’ve only ever been interested in arguments where everyone is convinced they’re right.
Interesting. To our knowledge the book from which the film is based smudged the truth a little, to add more entertainment value. Either way, we’ll be able to watch the fall out as it happens when The Social Network debuts in theaters on October 1st.
What do you think of Fincher’s view on The Social Network?