Aaron Sorkin went on record in January 2019 saying the time had come to script a sequel to Oscar winner “The Social Network,” and now he reveals he’s ready to put pen to paper as soon as filmmaker David Fincher agrees to direct the follow-up project. Speaking to MTV’s “Happy Sad Confused” podcast to promote his Netflix film “The Trial of the Chicago 7,” Sorkin confirmed he wants to see a “Social Network” sequel in development in 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.”
Back-to-back Fincher news days is the stuff we love to see, folks. 'The Social Network' contains some of the best Sorkin dialogue, which is no small praise considering he has made a career of being incredible at it. The movie also contains possibly career best performances across the board from Eisenberg, Garfield and Timberlake, which sounds like the world's worst law firm. What made it really special in my opinion, though, is the combination of Fincher and Sorkin. Those are two guys that just fit each others vision, vibe and aesthetic perfectly.
Personally, I'd love to see the two collab again, just not on a Social Network 2. The origins of Facebook absolutely made for a compelling story, especially considering how little the general public knew about it. The dark side of facebook that has come to light since then, like Cambridge Analytica, data mining, election interference etc. etc. has been very public facing. I'd love to watch a documentary on the history of the company over the last decade, but I don't think I would want to burn a Fincher-Sorkin collab expanding on something they already did instead of doing something new. Not to mention the fact that since Zuckerberg has been more in the public eye post-The Social Network, he just seems like a very uninteresting person. A wet lizard-man that vomits out execu-speak in a weird attempt to set himself up to run for office in the future.