The Social Network: Aaron Sorkin says he wants to write a dark sequel to acclaimed Mark Zuckerberg biopic

Louis Chilton
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Aaron Sorkin has said that he is considering writing a follow-up to his acclaimed 2010 Mark Zuckerberg biopic The Social Network.

However, the former West Wing writer added that he would only be interested if the original film’s director, David Fincher, was also involved.

Speaking to the Happy Sad Confused podcast, Sorkin confirmed his interest in exploring the more recent history of Facebook mogul Zuckerberg.

The Social Network began with Zuckerberg (Jesse Eisenberg) in college, and told the story of Facebook’s transformation from a Harvard student attractiveness-rating database into a globally dominant social media website, as well as the lawsuits Zuckerberg faced in the wake of its success.

“I do want to see it,” said Sorkin. “People have been talking to me about it. What we’ve discovered is the dark side of Facebook.”

Sorkin explains that he is referring to the case of Roger McNamee, the initial Facebook investor who wrote a book (called Zucked!) about his unease with the project.

“Sandberg and Zuckerberg seem uninterested in doing anything about it. 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,” said Sorkin. “We have a huge problem here and something needs to be done about it.”

He also said: “I will only write [the Social Network sequel] if David [Fincher] directs it.”

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