David Fincher's The Social Network will premier at New York Film Festival next month, the early reception the Film is receiving has been overtly positive. One place thats not a source of praise for the Film is the company on which the Film is actually based. Facebook executives have seen the Movie & they are not to happy -claiming it is full of fabrications.
Facebook founder Mark Zuckerberg himself recently declared that the film and the book, Accidental Billionaires, on which the Film is based on are “fiction.” The New York Times records the story about the tensions between the filmmakers and company executives. According to the article, which seems largely based on interviews with The Social Network producer Scott Rudin, Facebook lobbied for substantial changes to the script that were never made:
One of the sources of controversy originates from book on which the film is based. Ben Mezrich’s Accidental Billionaires has already been shown to be highly inaccurate. Mezrich evidently played up or outright invented many of the “sexy” elements of the book, and even exaggerated Zuckerberg’s basic impetus to start the site. Facebook co-founder Chris Hughes stated:
For his part, Mezrich has already made his argument for why he portrayed Zuckerberg in this way, saying, “The impetus of everything in college, I think, is to get laid…I know that was my whole purpose in becoming a writer. I think that in general that’s why everybody does everything.”