The New York Film Festival announced today that David Fincher’s movie about the legal drama surrounding the founding of Facebok, The Social Network, will be the festival opener on September 24. On her blog, Anne Thompson passed along a quote from festival director Richard Pena:
[The film] powerfully captures the spirit of its time…David Fincher and Aaron Sorkin are a director/writer team, like Lumet and Chayefsky before them, that make this movie not only of the moment, but reflective of larger cultural issues as well, and confirm their position at forefront of contemporary cinema.
The collaboration between director Sidney Lumet and writer Paddy Chayefsky that Pena is referring to is the classic Network, a startlingly clairvoyant satire on the television industry’s ever-expanding obsession with ratings. Considering Network is generally thought to have one of the best screenplays of all time, that’s some high praise right there. Lumet’s masterpiece is one of my favorite films of all time, so if Fincher and Sorkin can capture even half of that movie’s wit and biting insight, I’ll be satisfied. I do like the marketing campaign for The Social Network so far, though; especially this new trailer released today. What do you guys think? Excited to see the (dramatized, stylized, exaggerated) backstory behind your favorite Internet addiction?