Social Network Producers Pick Up Another Ben Mezrich Book

By Eric Eisenberg 2011-01-18 15:24:20discussion comments
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On Sunday, The Social Network won the Best Picture - Drama, Best Director, Best Screenplay and Best Score awards at the Golden Globes. Worldwide, the film has surpassed the $200 million mark at the box office. The film has a 97% rating on Rotten Tomatoes, making it one of the best reviewed films of the year. Oh, and it's the strong frontrunner to take Best Picture at this year's Academy Awards. Needless to say, The Social Network is an absolute hit, and one cannot blame Sony for trying to make the formula work again.

Deadline reports that Social Network producers Scott Rudin, Michael De Luca and Dana Brunetti have signed on to make Sex on the Moon, a project based on the book by Ben Mezrich. Mezrich, of course, wrote the book The Accidental Billionaires, which Aaron Sorkin adapted for the award winning film. Set up at Sony, the book is about a NASA employee who decides to impress his girlfriend by stealing moon rocks.

Obviously the formula isn't exactly the same - neither David Fincher nor Sorkin are involved - which means that you probably shouldn't be getting your hopes up too high about this project. All three producers have at least one bad film on their record and the first adaptation of a Mezrich book, 21, wasn't anywhere near Social Network-level quality. Is it an interesting premise? Sure. Can we expect it to take home the Oscar in 2013? Don't get carried away.
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