You could say it’s been an eventful couple of years for Facebook, between the fake news problem and the Cambridge Analytica privacy scandal —and Aaron Sorkin has taken notice. In fact, the Social Network screenwriter told AP Entertainment in a recent interview that all those headlines might mean that the 2010 film merits a sequel.
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“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 said. “A lot of very interesting, dramatic stuff has happened since the movie ends with settling the lawsuit from the Winklevoss Twins and Eduardo Saverin. ”
Indeed, the past few years of headlines have been plenty interesting and dramatic for Facebook. Since 2016, experts have worked to determine the degree to which the platform’s propagation of fake news might have swayed the presidential election. And that’s not even mentioning the continual waves of users deleting their accounts in the wake of various privacy scandals that reveal the inappropriate ways the company shared user data with firms like the Trump-linked Cambridge Analytica. Last fall, the company was also sued for allegedly inflating video viewership metrics given to advertisers.
One person who definitely agrees there could be more entries in the Social Network Cinematic Universe? Producer Scott Rudin, who has apparently been keeping tabs on all of the updates. “I’ve gotten more than one email from him with an article attached saying, ‘Isn’t it time for a sequel?’” Sorkin told AP
Sorkin did not mention whether the film’s original cast, which included Jesse Eisenberg, Andrew Garfield, Justin Timberlake, and Armie Hammer, has expressed any interest in a follow-up. A sequel would not necessarily need to include all, or indeed most, of these performers, but at the very least Eisenberg would likely need to sign on. Additionally, it’s unclear whether director David Fincher would return; he hasn’t directed a feature film since 2014’s Gone Girl. (He does, however, executive produce Netflix’s Mindhunter, which is currently working on its second season.)
The good news? Given the seemingly endless flood of bad press that seems to besiege Facebook like clockwork, there’s probably plenty of time for Sorkin and co. to keep mulling this over—and more than enough bad news to weave into a script
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