It’s been a decade since the release of David Fincher and Aaron Sorkin‘s THE SOCIAL NETWORK, the Oscar-winning film that portrayed the founding of social networking site Facebook and the subsequent lawsuits aimed at Mark Zuckerberg, and in the years following the release of the film, Facebook has grown and changed and faced a number of major scandals, which would be the perfect fodder for a follow-up film.
THE SOCIAL NETWORK screenwriter Aaron Sorkin has previously expressed an interest in crafting a sequel to the film, and while speaking with MTV’s Josh Horowitz on the Happy.Sad.Confused podcast, he said that definitely wants to see a sequel.
I do want to see it. And [producer Scott Rudin] wants to see it. People have been talking to me about it. What we’ve discovered is the dark side of Facebook.
The original film was based on “The Accidental Billionaires” by Ben Mezrich, and Sorkin has said that he’s taken an interest in “Zucked” by Roger McNamee, who was an early Facebook investor who raised red flags about the strange political activity on the platform. “[Facebook CEO Sheryl Sandberg] and Zuckerberg seem uninterested in doing anything about it,” said Sorkin. “This all ends up with McNamee in a Senate basement secure conference room briefing Senate Intelligence subcommittee members on how Facebook is bringing down democracy. ‘We have a huge problem here and something needs to be done about it.’” Although Sorkin is down to write a sequel to THE SOCIAL NETWORK, he’ll only do so under one condition: “I will only write it if David directs it.” I’m game.
Aaron Sorkin‘s next project will be THE TRIAL OF THE CHICAGO 7, which is slated to hit Netflix on October 16th.