It has been acclaimed as one of the best films of the decade, but fans of The Social Network will be surprised to hear that writer Aaron Sorkin is considering a sequel to the 2010 film.
Speaking to AP Entertainment (see below), Sorkin, who won an Academy Award for his script, said; “First of all, 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. A lot of very interesting, dramatic stuff has happened since the movie ends with settling the lawsuit from the Winklevoss Twins and Eduardo Saverin.”
The social media platform has been embroiled in controversy over the past couple of years, with the website reportedly being the victim of Russian hacks around the time of the 2016 US elections, and more recently, the Cambridge Analytica scandal which involved data breaches.
There is ample material for a new film, with Sorkin saying producer Scott Rudin has been in touch about the possibility of a follow-up film; “I’ve gotten more than one email from him with an article attached saying, ‘Isn’t it time for a sequel?’”
The original film, which was directed by acclaimed filmmaker David Fincher, starred Jesse Eisenberg as founder and CEO Mark Zuckerberg, depicting the website’s creation and subsequent legal battle with the Winklevoss Twins (Armie Hammer) and Eduardo Saverin (Andrew Garfield). The film received almost unanimous critical acclaim, with much of the praise being directed towards Sorkin’s script, Fincher’s direction and the performances of Eisenberg and Garfield.
Though this is the first news on the project, the prospect is very exciting indeed, with Facebook’s tumultuous period meaning there are multiple narrative avenues to explore. If Fincher were to direct, production on the project would have to be delayed, given his involvement in the World War Z sequel.
— AP Entertainment (@APEntertainment) January 11, 2019