Here’s one of those stories of outrageous theft that sounds too great to be true. Except that it is true, and full of all the things that make for a great narrative: hope, dreams, criminal activity, and pieces of the moon.

The Social Network producers Scott Rudin, Michael De Luca and Dana Brunetti are coming together again to do a new project with Ben Mezrich. That’s the author of The Accidental Billionaires, upon which The Social Network was based. Mr. Mezrich has proposed a new book called Sex on the Moon: The Amazing Story Behind the Most Audacious Heist in History, which follows the odd story of a NASA employee who stole and attempted to sell pieces of the moon, in part to impress his girlfriend. Read More »

Fincher and Sorkin adapt The Accidental Billionaires

Yesterday it was revealed that David Fincher is in “advanced talks” with Columbia Pictures to direct The Social Network, the story of the creation of Facebook, as written by Aaron Sorkin. But apparently almost everyone (even the hollywood trade newspapers) failed to realize that the film is actually an adaptation of Ben Mezrich‘s upcoming book The Accidental Billionaires: The Founding of Facebook, a Tale of Sex, Money, Genius and Betrayal.

Some might recognize Mezrich as the author of the bestselling book Bringing Down the House, which was adapted for the screen under the title 21. And those of you who read the story from yesterday might recall that Kevin Spacey is producing this new Facebook movie with Scott Rudin. Connecting the dots: Spacey produced and starred in 21. Yes, it all makes sense now. A lot more information is available after the jump.

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