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Lionsgate Picks Up Aronofsky-Produced Facebook Thriller ‘XOXO’; WB Gets Into Similar Territory With ‘The Future of Us’

Written by on October 26, 2011 

The idea of a thriller that centers around Facebook leaves a lot of room for plain old stupidity, but when you hear the ideas behind Lionsgate and Warner Bros.’ new projects — which happen to be this very thing — they don’t sound half-bad.

As Variety says, Lionsgate has acquired is XOXO, a spec script written by Black Swan co-scribe Mark Heyman. Produced by Darren Aronofsky through Protozoa Pictures and Michal London through Groundswell Productions, it’s described as “Fatal Attraction for the digital age,” as it revolves around “an on-the-rise executive who despite being engaged, enjoys flirting online, where he meets an alluring woman on Facebook.”

Soon, “the line between online temptations and real-life possibilities begins to blur, [and] the protag soon discovers that his Internet relationship is seeping into his actual life … in a deadly way.” As we heard back in June, the online interactions will be exhibited through “stylized visual sequences,” and there will be the use of “streaming video and other social-media platforms.” The depiction of the conversations has me particularly interested; almost every chat scene in film history has only involved cutting back and forth from one person to the other. Thankfully, the credentials of the screenwriter and producers (London was one of the people behind Sideways) give me enough hope by itself.

THR has news of Warner Bros. hiring writers for their own Facebook movie, a drama titled The Future of Us that we reported on in May. This film, an adaptation of Jay Asher and Carolyn Mackler‘s forthcoming novel, will be written by the young duo of Isaac Aptaker and Elizabeth Berger, who worked on another screenplay based on the website, Lauren Pemberton Is No Longer in a Relationship. It’s said that their young age has helped them get the job, as it did with NBC’s TV series, Friends with Benefits; Aptaker was quoted as saying that “[t]here’s an authenticity and an immediacy that comes from writing about people our ages and the time of life that we’re in.”

The story follows two young kids who, when they get the internet on their computers in 1996, discover their Facebook profiles that exist fifteen years in the future. As they make different decisions, certain details on their future Facebook profiles change — just as our Facebook profiles change now!

I’m being facetious; the concept actually sounds kind of fun, and it’s even made me interested in checking out the book when it comes out in less than a month. Much like XOXO, a proper execution could make for something both entertaining and thrilling.

Do either of these movies sound like interesting uses of Facebook? Are you looking forward to one more than the other?

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