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Internet giants get wide screen portrayals

Facebook creator Mark Zuckerberg isn’t the only web top dog to be portrayed on the silver screen, as a film about Google founders Sergey Brin and Larry Page has reportedly been optioned. According to the Deadline blog, producer John Morris has got together with Michael London’s Groundswell Productions to buy movie rights to Ken Auletta’s book Googled: The End of the World As We Know It. They plan to use the book as the outline for a feature film about Brin and Page as their web business speedily turned the two men into billionaires. “It’s about these two young guys who created a company that changed the world, and how the world in turn changed them,” said London, whose company will co-fund the film with Morris. “The heart of the movie is their wonderful edict: don’t be evil. At a certain point in the evolution of a company so big and powerful, there are a million challenges to that mandate. “Can you stay true to principles like that as you become as rich and powerful as that company has become? The intention is to be sympathetic to Sergey and Larry, and hopefully the film will be as interesting as the company they created.”


Meanwhile, David Fincher’s film about the early years of Facebook, The Social Network, is expected to hit cinema screens this autumn.


The film was written by Aaron Sorkin and adapted from Ben Mezrich’s 2009 book The Accidental Billionaires: The Founding of Facebook, A Tale of Sex, Money, Genius, and Betrayal. The film’s script was leaked on the Internet in July 2009. In November 2009, the film’s producer Kevin Spacey said “The Social Network is probably going to be a lot funnier than people might expect it to be.”

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