Spielberg Picks Next Project May 12, 2008 On a fall night in 2003, Harvard undergrad and computer programming genius Mark Zuckerberg sits down at his computer and heatedly begins working on a new idea. In a fury of blogging and programming, what begins in his dorm room soon becomes a global social network and a revolution in communication. A mere six years and 500 million friends later, Mark Zuckerberg is the youngest billionaire in history. But, for this entrepreneur, success leads to both personal and legal complications. “The Social Network” proves that you don’t get to 500 million friends without making a few enemies. Steven Spielberg will start shooting his long-anticipated Abraham Lincoln biopic after completing his Tintin movie. The director, out promoting ‘Indiana Jones and the Kingdom of the Crystal Skull’, told reporters that he will return his attention to an epic project about the 16th president, with shotting beginning as early as next year. The director had prepped the Aaron Sorkin-scripted ‘The Trial of the Chicago Seven’ but that became sketchy after he could not get rewrites during the writer’s strike. Liam Neeson agreed to play Licoln more than three years ago for Spielberg and has been waiting for a start date.EXTRAs: Spielberg had enlisted Sacha Baron Cohen and talked to other high profile actors about starring in a drama about the trial of anti-Vietnam war protesters at the 1968. No date has been set for the project.