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Facebook comic to be turned into animated film

The story of Facebook founder Mark Zuckerberg is to be turned into an animated movie.

It will be the second film based on the entrepreneur. Last month saw the release of director David Fincher's The Social Network, adapted from the book The Accidental Billionaires.

This latest project will be made by Hayden 5 Media, which has bought the rights to Bluewater Productions' upcoming biographical comic book Mark Zuckerberg: Creator of Facebook, which hits stores in December.

"When we found out that Bluewater was releasing this comic, we knew we had to get on board," says Todd Wiseman, president of Hayden 5 Media.

Wiseman believes his cartoon version of Zuckerberg's rise to success will have a wider appeal than Fincher's big-screen version.

He said: "We saw a great opportunity to retell the story of Mark Zuckerberg post-Social Network in a brighter, animated form that could be enjoyed and understood by a broader audience.

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