Facebook boss Mark Zuckerberg will be portrayed as a ruthless and untrustworthy sex maniac in a Hollywood film.
Adapted from The Accidental Billionaires by Ben Mezrich, with a screenplay by Aaron Sorkin, creator of The West Wing, the 40m-pound black comedy is called The Social Network.
The film is a highly dramatised version told in flashbacks recalled in the drama of a court hearing. The film is set for release in October.
February 4, 2004 when Zuckerberg, then 19, is seen to be dumped in a Harvard bar by his girlfriend, Erica.
She tells him he will "go through life thinking that girls don't like you because you're a tech geek". The reality, she says, is rather more upsetting: "I want you to know, from the bottom of my heart, that that won't be true. It'll be because you're an asshole."
Following the snub, Zuckerberg goes back to his college dormitory where, in a drunken fever, he writes the computer code turning Harvard's annual collection of student photographs and biographies into a website where he and his male friends rank Harvard women as barnyard animals. Thirty minutes after "Thefacebook" goes live, it is so popular that it crashes Harvard's computer network, reports The Times.
The film shows how Zuckerberg, played by Jesse Eisenberg, also 26, drops out of college and moves to Silicon Valley in California where he builds Facebook with Sean Parker, co-founder of the music piracy site Napster, played in the film by Justin Timberlake, 29.
After Zuckerberg left Harvard his personal life spun out of control, with Parker helping him indulge his fantasies with a stream of "groupies", the film claims.
Critics who have seen the draft script for the film say it portrays Zuckerberg as a "borderline-autistic conniver".