David Fincher updates status on "Social Network"

Wed Oct 6, 2010 5:43pm EDT
Email This Article |
Share This Article
  • Facebook
  • LinkedIn
  • Twitter
| Print This Article | Single Page
[-] Text [+]

By Christine Kearney

NEW YORK (Reuters) - The audience for director David Fincher's "The Social Network" is expected to grow in coming months, spurred by fan buzz and rave reviews after a $22.4 million opening weekend at U.S. and Canadian box offices.

As the movie world heads into awards season, Fincher returned from Sweden where he has been filming the Hollywood version of "The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo" and talked to Reuters about how the film got made, what he thinks about Oscar buzz and how Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg is depicted.

Q: Why not have early test screenings of "Social Network"? That must have made Sony Pictures co-chair Amy Pascal nervous.

A: "When we finished it and we showed it to her, I said 'If you throw it out to a bunch of mall rats and bring 'em in to watch this movie to tell you if it is working or not, this movie is going to be dissected on Facebook before you have a chance to generate your notes about what it is.'

"So I said 'I urge you not to preview screen this movie' ... and let's put it out without ever having shown it to anyone' and Michael Lynton and Amy Pascal said, 'OK'."

Q: Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg has not cooperated with the film. How does the movie portray him?

A: "I hope he seems human. I hope he seems like a real person with insecurities and aspirations and he is fiercely protective of his creation as he should be, as I think that it ultimately gives his stay on this planet a reason.

"Some of the things that are suggested by some of the other people that were in his life, about how he started, or how he mistreated them, you are talking about someone who was 24, 22, 21 years-old when this was going on. We have all done things we probably weren't that proud of in our late teens."   Continued...

<p>Director David Fincher poses for photographers during a photocall for his film "The Curious Case of Benjamin Button" in Paris January 22, 2009. REUTERS/Gonzalo Fuentes</p>