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“The Social Network” pushes creative license boundaries

HollywoodNews.com: In bringing the true story of Facebook to the screen in “The Social Network,” the film’s creators consulted with the social website.

Producer Scott Rudin apparently interfaced with Facebook executives Elliot Schrage, vice president of Communications and COO Sheryl Sandberg, giving them an early glimpse of the film and the script. Schrage wanted to see more content in the film from a Facebook tome by David Kirkpatrick, but the scripted material never came together.

Some of the edits they demanded, Rudin considered, others not.

The New York Times and the Hollywood Reporter had the news.

One dicey sequence cut from the film depicts Napster co-founder Sean Parker in an ill-light as he gives a speech while teenage girls offer cocaine lines on their naked bodies.

Rudin and “Social” creators were able to executive a biopic about the company while taking liberties as a number of scenes were inspired by depositions by the actual characters depicted on screen. Hence, the producers didn’t need to buy life rights to the people portrayed.

It is reported that “Social Network” paints a tainted sketch of Facebook founder Mark Zuckerberg (Jesse Eisenberg).

The Hollywood Reporters writes, “Other source material includes the book ‘The Accidental Billionaires’ by Ben Mezrich and interviews with Eduardo Saverin, a co-founder of Facebook who went on to sue Zuckerberg.”

Photo Credit: Sony

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One Comment

  • August 21, 2010 | Permalink |

    No it doesn’t. Creative license is creative license. Movies have no obligation to be 100% accurate, or to paraphrase Roger Ebert, “movies have an obligation to lie if it makes for a better screenplay”.

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