Wild party scene won't be cut from Facebook movie

« Taylor Lautner sues over $300,000 trailer | Main | This is by far the weirdest Lindsay Lohan legal story you will read today »

Wild party scene won't be cut from Facebook movie

Tue Aug 24, 2010 @ 03:00AM PST

By Matthew Belloni and Allison Hope Weiner

Facebook_movie_poster EXCLUSIVE: The cocaine and bare breasts are staying in the picture.

Days after producer Scott Rudin said that a scene of debauched partying might be cut from "The Social Network" amid concerns from the real-life people depicted, THR has learned that the full scene will remain in the film after all.  

The upcoming Sony Pictures release about the origins of Facebook has drawn fire from the company, which has labeled it fiction. The Aaron Sorkin script is based on court documents and journalist Ben Mezrich's "The Accidental Billionaires," a partially fictionalized account of the company's early days.

In an article published Friday, Rudin told the New York Times that he has been involved in a months-long dialog with Facebook execs to assuage concerns about the film. He said he allowed certain execs to read the script and made changes to accommodate small requests. He also said he had not decided whether to cut or alter a scene depicting Sean Parker, a Napster co-founder who played a major role in the early days of Facebook, delivering a key speech at a party while two young women offer lines of cocaine from naked breasts. One person told the Times that the Parker scene was mostly made up, though Rudin said his main concern about the scene was whether it would jeopardize a PG-13 rating.      

Now sources tell THR the scene will remain in the film, set for release October 1.

Matthew Hiltzik, a rep for Parker, declined to comment on the decision. Parker, played in the film by Justin Timberlake, was a confidant of Facebook founder Mark Zuckerberg but left the company after a cocaine-related arrest in 2005, according to Facebook biographer David Kirkpatrick.

We hear Facebook lawyers also have voiced concerns about the "Social Network" marketing campaign, which uses a logo that is very similar to Facebook branding.

But a Facebook rep downplayed the film in general and the Parker scene in particular.

“Maybe the movie is a sign that Facebook has become meaningful to people, even if the movie is fiction," spokesman Larry Yu tells us. “What the movie may or may not contain is not what we’re focused on. What matters more is building a useful, innovative service that people enjoy using to connect and share.”

TrackBack URL for this entry:

Listed below are links to weblogs that reference Wild party scene won't be cut from Facebook movie:

The Hollywood Reporter
The Hollywood Reporter, Esq. blog focuses on how the entertainment and media industries are impacted and influenced by the law. It is edited by Matthew Belloni with contributions from veteran legal reporter Eriq Gardner and others. Before joining The Hollywood Reporter, Belloni was a lawyer at an entertainment litigation firm in Los Angeles. He writes a column for THR devoted to entertainment law. Gardner is a New York-based writer and legal journalist. Send tips or comments to [email protected]

The Hollywood Reporter
Contact: Patrice Atiee at 323.525.2014 or [email protected]

The Hollywood Reporter is Your Complete Film Resource

The columnists and bloggers who write for The Hollywood Reporter have their collective finger on the pulse of the boxoffice. Martin Grove and the other THR columnists deliver their thoughts on the film industry in an uncompromised style. Subscribe to THR today and get the latest views from these film experts and get the latest movie reviews as well.