Ever since The Social Network debuted, Facebook and Mark Zuckerberg have been under the microscope more than ever before. Of course, over these last few years Facebook has come under fire for issues regarding fake news, white supremacy, and the failure to regulate who's using its platform and why.
It seems like there's enough meat on the bone here for a sequel to the movie and it turns out Aaron Sorkin shares that view.
Speaking to MTV’s “Happy Sad Confused” podcast to promote his film The Trial of the Chicago 7, Sorkin confirmed we could see a sequel the future.
“I do want to see it. And [producer Scott Rudin] wants to see it,” Sorkin said. “People have been talking to me about it because of what we’ve discovered is the dark side of Facebook. Do I want to write that movie? Yeah, I do. I will only write it if David directs it. If Billy Wilder came back from the grave and said he wanted to direct it, I’d say I’d only do it with David.”
That's a pretty strong statement and vote of confidence for their collaboration.
He went on to talk about Mank, which debuts on Netflix in December, saying, “It’s so freaking good...Written by [Fincher’s] dad, who is a brilliant screenwriter. But David has directed this movie just magnificently. It’s breathtaking even by David Fincher standards. Gary Oldman gives an amazing performance, so does Lily Collins, and so does Amanda Seyfried as Marion Davies.”
Sorkin has his own Netflix movie coming out on October 16th, but I love that he's also playing hypeman for Fincher.
Sorkin won the Oscar for Best Original Screenplay for The Social Network, so there would definitely be a lot of hype around him returning to those characters. We've seen documentaries like The Social Dilemma update us on where these platforms are going, but no one has dramatized it the way Sorkin can.
Sorkin said he recently met with Roger McNamee to discuss the follow-up movie. McNamee is a former investor in Facebook, he wrote the book “Zucked,” which casts a critical eye on Mark Zuckerberg and Facebook CEO Sheryl Sandberg.
They spoke about Facebook's involvement with politics and misinformation.
“Sandberg and Zuckerberg seem uninterested in doing anything about it,” Sorkin said. “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, [saying], ‘We have a huge problem here and something needs to be done about it.'”
Sound like Sorkin has a lot of this mapped out.
Would you be interested in a Social Network sequel?
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