Aaron Sorkin says it's time for a sequel to 'The Social Network' after Facebook’s nightmare year

Jesse Eisenberg as Facebook founder Mark Zuckerberg in ‘The Social Network.’
  • Writer Aaron Sorkin thinks there should be a sequel to the Facebook origins film he wrote, “The Social Network.”
  • He said “a lot of very interesting, dramatic stuff” has happened since the movie came out in 2010.
  • The film’s producer has also floated the idea of revisiting the subject.

There should a sequel to “The Social Network,” the 2010 film on the origins of Facebook.

That’s the view of the man who wrote it, Aaron Sorkin, who said there is plenty of new material for another movie after a nightmare year for Facebook, in which it has made headlines for all the wrong reasons.

“I know a lot more about Facebook in 2005 than I do in 2018, but I know enough to know that there should be a sequel,” Sorkin told AP Entertainment.

The 2010 film, directed by David Fincher, dramatises Facebook’s early years and the legal battles fought by Zuckerberg with his cofounder Eduardo Saverin and the Winklevoss twins.

“A lot of very interesting, dramatic stuff has happened since the movie ends with settling the lawsuit from the Winklevoss Twins and Eduardo Saverin” Sorkin added.

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The screenwriter, who has penned shows including “The West Wing” and films such as “Molly’s Game,” added that “The Social Network’s” producer Scott Rudin is also enthusiastic about revisiting Facebook.

“I’ve gotten more than one email from him with an article attached saying, ‘Isn’t it time for a sequel?'” Sorkin said.

He did not expand on whether actor Jesse Eisenberg might reprise his role as Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg, or whether David Fincher would return to direct.

Facebook’s disastrous year began when the explosive Cambridge Analytica data breach was exposed in March 2018. Since then, the company has discovered more data breaches, found further evidence of bad actors using Facebook to interfere in elections, been the subject of a shareholder revolt, and been accused of smearing critics.

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