As if people didn’t hate Facebook enough as it is, now we’ve got another thing we can hold against it. Apparently all the positive buzz surrounding Sony and David Fincher’s upcoming Facebook movie The Social Network has inspired other studios to seek out similar tech industry success stories. Deadline New York reports that Groundswell Productions (Milk, The Informant!) have acquired the rights to Googled: The End of the World As We Know It, the story of the founding of the world’s most popular search engine. Something tells me that this doesn’t have nearly as much potential as the Facebook story, but maybe I’ll be proven wrong.
Google was created by Stanford Ph.D students Sergey Brin and Larry Page, and while there isn’t the Harvard party scene or a polarizing personality like Mark Zuckerberg at the center of the story, the company did encounter some growing pains as it quickly took over the web. The angle they are coming at this from seems to be an exploration of Google’s famous motto, “Don’t be evil”, and whether or not it is possible to uphold when you become one of the most powerful companies in the world.
Hopefully the producers realize that the reason The Social Network is overcoming people’s biases against a potentially dull story is the fact that Aaron Sorkin wrote the script, David Fincher is directing, and the casting is spot on. They’re going to need some serious talent if they want to turn the Google story into compelling movie with mainstream appeal. As it is, I’m somewhat interested, but not convinced this needs to be anything more than a made-for-TV movie a la Pirates of Silicon Valley. Thoughts?