Leaked Sony Email: Zuckerberg Tried To Kill ‘The Social Network’ Film

By Justin Lafferty 


It’s no secret that Facebook Co-Founder and CEO Mark Zuckerberg was no fan of the 2010 film depicting the first few years of the company, The Social Network. But the leaked emails of Sony executives show that Zuckerberg may have gone as far as to try to have the movie stopped.

According to Business Insider, Sony Pictures CEO Michael Lynton emailed a Warner Bros. executive on May 30, 2014, mentioning that Zuckerberg tried to stop the film from being made:

I said to Zuckerberg when he tried to stop The Social Network, ‘No one wants their sophomore year in college examined or portrayed.

Zuckerberg also talked about the film in a recent Q&A session:

Writing code and building a product and building a company actually is not a glamorous enough thing to make a movie about. A lot of the stuff, they probably had to embellish and make up, because if they were really making a movie, it would have been of me sitting at a computer coding for two hours straight, which probably would have just been not that good of a movie.

They went out of their way in the movie to try to get some interesting details correct, like the design of the office, but on the overarching plot, in terms of why we’re building Facebook to help connect the world, or how we did it, they just kind of made up a bunch of stuff that I found kind of hurtful.

I take our mission really seriously. We’re here not primarily to just build a company, but to help connect the world. We take that really seriously. The thing that I found the most interesting about the movie was that they kind of made up this whole plot line where I somehow decided to create Facebook to attract girls. One important piece of context is that the woman who I’m married to (Priscilla Chan), who I’ve been dating for more than 10 years, I was actually dating her before I even started Facebook, so if somehow I was trying to create Facebook to find more women, that probably would not have gone over too well in my relationship, and I probably would not still be married to her today.

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Image courtesy of The Social Network’s page on Facebook.