Facebook movie to start filming next month

Representatives from Harvard University, meanwhile, would neither confirm nor deny a quote from star Jesse Eisenberg that "The Social Network" would actually be shot on campus.

Columbia Pictures' "The Social Network," the screen adaptation of Ben Mezrich's Facebook tell-all "The Accidental Billionaires," is likely to start filming in a matter of weeks. As you probably know already, "Fight Club" director David Fincher is at the helm, working with a screenplay by "West Wing" creator Aaron Sorkin.

And it looks like they're hoping to capture some of the fall foliage in the Northeast: Lead actor Jesse Eisenberg, who has been cast as Facebook founder Mark Zuckerberg, told MTV News that the movie will be filming on location at Harvard's campus, where Facebook was founded early in 2004, for three weeks in October. The rest of the movie will reportedly be shot in Los Angeles.

That's interesting because Harvard is pretty strict about not letting film crews on campus, something that Mezrich pointed out to CNET News in an interview this summer . (Only one feature film in the past three decades, 2007's "The Great Debaters," has had scenes shot on Harvard's campus.) Even more interestingly, a Harvard representative declined to confirm Eisenberg's assertion, but did not deny it either.

Either way, doing just about anything in Boston in October runs the risk of colliding with the annual Head of the Charles Regatta, a two-day rowing race that brings in athletes from around the world and has been known to clog the streets of Cambridge with all the extra traffic. This year it's on October 17 and 18. Considering a big chunk of the script for "The Social Network" deals with twins Cameron and Tyler Winklevoss, Zuckerberg legal rivals turned Olympic rowers , overlapping with the race might have been intentional.

A representative from the Head of the Charles organizing committee said that while no one from a film crew has contacted them yet about filming at the event, it would be neither surprising nor unprecedented, as "we've been a backdrop for a lot of movies in the past."

On that note, we still haven't heard who the casting directors have (or haven't) found to play the 6-foot-5-inch identical twins .

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Caroline McCarthy, a CNET News staff writer, is a downtown Manhattanite happily addicted to social-media tools and restaurant blogs. Her pre-CNET resume includes interning at an IT security firm and brewing cappuccinos.

 

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