The Social Network, which opens Friday, is  an emotionally rich human story about alienation, ambition and genius.  The movie is based on Ben Mezrich's 14-page book proposal for The Accidental Billionaires and adapted by Aaron Sorkin, creator of TV's The West Wing and Sports Night.

Producer Dana Brunetti, who had previously collaborated with Mezrich on the movie 21 and was the first to hear about the Facebook idea and helped him draft the book proposal, had a similar reaction.

"At first I told Ben 'OK, that might make a good book, but it won't make a good movie,' " Brunetti says. "But once we started to dive into it and research a little bit, we realized it was an amazing story. It's the story of two friends at Harvard who didn't fit in but really wanted to. And in their attempt to fit in, they ended up creating the largest social network in the world, which ironically ends up destroying their relationship. It's a timeless tale in a lot of ways. It didn't have to be about the creation of Facebook. It could have been about the creation of a car or television."

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