Animated Facebook movie based on Mark Zuckerberg comic may be on its way
Following in the footsteps of "The Social Network," another film project about Mark Zuckerberg starting Facebook may be on its way.
But the proposed film, "Mark Zuckerberg and The Found," could lay claim to being the first Facebook movie based on a comic book. A comic book that isn't in stores yet.
The one-shot comic, "Mark Zuckerberg: Creator of Facebook," is being published by Bluewater Productions and is set to hit stores in late December for about $7.
Hayden 5 Media, a New York company that has produced music videos, commercials and documentaries, announced Friday that it had purchased the rights to turn the upcoming comic book into a film.
Another difference between "The Social Network" and "Mark Zuckerberg and The Found," if it gets made, is that the film would be animated, Hayden 5 and Bluewater said in a statement.
“This will not be the last retelling of the Marc Zuckerberg story,” said Milos Silber, an executive producer at Hayden 5, in the statement. “We’re just aware of the profound impact of Facebook, and with over 500 million users, we’re bound to have an audience."
Hayden 5 is looking to produce the film using animation drawn over live-action performances, a technique used in the 2006 film "A Scanner Darkly."
The goal, Hayden 5 said, is to give the movie a comic book feel.
The comic, written by Jerome Maida and drawn by Fritz Saalfeld, isn't the first biographical book from Bluewater. The company has publishedd comics about Hillary Clinton, Barack Obama, Sarah Palin, Betty White and Justin Bieber.
Bluewater described the comic as depicting how Zuckerberg has been "tempted with unimaginable amounts of money" and had to "deal harshly with people along the way -- many of whom would later feel betrayed."
Also covered in the comic: Zuckerberg's "frustration with women" which "helped spark an idea that would have him dating Victoria's secret models" on his way to being one of the world's youngest billionaires.
-- Nathan Olivarez-Giles
Image: The cover of the comic "Mark Zuckerberg: Creator of Facebook." Credit: Bluewater Productions