Ben Mezrich is an American author who has written a number of popular non-fiction books that have gone on to be adapted as successful motion pictures. His 2003 book Bringing Down the House told the story of several students from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT) who formed a gambling team that traveled to Las Vegas. The book was adapted into the 2008 movie 21, starring Kevin Spacey and Brett Ratner.
While Mezrich may be best known for Bringing Down the House, the adaptation of his 2009 work The Accidental Billionaires: The Founding of Facebook, A Tale of Sex, Money, Genius, and Betrayal was adapted into a film that gained far more critical attention than 21. The book described the origins of Facebook at Harvard, a story that attracted the attention of screenwriter Aaron Sorkin and director David Fincher. The resulting adaptation, The Social Network, starred Jesse Eisenberg and Andrew Garfield and was nominated for eight Oscars at the 2011 Academy Awards. The film took home three prizes, including Best Writing for an Adapted Screenplay.