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Facebook movie screenplay reportedly doesn't suck

One blogger has read the screenplay for "The Social Network," the forthcoming movie based on Ben Mezrich's "The Accidental Billionaires," and he really likes it.

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Whoa! Blogger Carson Reeves of Scriptshadow got his hands on the screenplay for "The Social Network," the adaptation of Ben Mezrich's semi-salacious Facebook tell-all "The Accidental Billionaires," and he gives it a thumbs-up.

More specifically, he said that the 162-page script, penned by "West Wing" creator Aaron Sorkin, "really resonated with me" and categorized it as "impressive." For those of us who have been following the development of the (unauthorized) Facebook tell-all, which hits bookstores on Tuesday, and its impending screen adaptation, this is a bit of a surprise.

I've read "The Accidental Billionaires." It is, more or less, a fluffy drunken romp around Harvard Yard and Silicon Valley--sort of like beach reading for dudes. But it's not dialogue-heavy, which means that Sorkin had some work cut out for him. If Reeves' review is any indication, the dialogue is good. With "Fight Club" director David Fincher reportedly close to signing on, and industry sources whispering that the roster of actors being considered for the role of Facebook founder Mark Zuckerberg includes hot young stars like Michael Cera and Shia LaBeouf, it's clear that Hollywood is putting muscle behind "The Social Network."

Should Facebook be worried? I'm not sure. Company representatives have been quick to make an analogy between Mezrich's "Accidental Billionaires" and Danielle Steele, and my impression of the book is that it is too silly and not damning enough to have any negative impact on Zuckerberg or Facebook. But if the movie adaptation turns out to be high-quality filmmaking, it won't be so easy for Facebook to wave off what it claims are untrue allegations about the social network's early days. In other words, audiences might be more likely to believe it.

From what it sounds like, Napster co-founder and early Facebook exec Sean Parker has an even bigger role in the screenplay than he does in the book. In "Accidental Billionaires," Parker is said to have a vendetta against Sequoia Capital investor Michael Moritz; it sounds like that's sticking around in the screenplay.

"I loved Sean Parker in this script," Reeves wrote. "Sorkin gives Parker this quirky little obsession with an old business associate who f***ed him over during his Napster days. Parker has a stalker-like obsession with getting back at him and brings up his revenge plans at every opportunity. Not only is it hilarious, but it reveals Parker's character."

That could get interesting.