When David Fincher’s The Social Network landed Facebook was still the cream of the social media crop, growing ever bigger and just embracing its money-making promise. It was still a sordid story but the films focus was really on its creation, not its affect on the world. That’s all to say that the idea of a sequel to the movie isn’t that strange, and the film’s screenwriter, Aaron Sorkin, agrees. Speaking to AP he basically said that he knows enough about Facebook now to make a sequel and that the original film’s producer has been reaching out to him about it.
“I’ve gotten more than one email from him with an article attached saying, ‘Isn’t it time for 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.”
Very interesting is a bit of an understatement considering the fact that Facebook was part of a Russian conspiracy to influence the U.S. election, privacy concerns and issues have exploded, the company has bought out most of its competition, and Mark Zuckerberg is now a household name and his testimony in front of Congress is a meme. Needless sequels are annoying and dumb, but this is far from a needless sequel. If Sorkin can deliver another fantastic screenplay with Fincher returning they could easily make a movie better than the first one. Really, the biggest issue would be deciding on what to focus on.
This is all very lofty talk from Sorkin so obviously nothing is actually happening right now and with Facebook’s bigger clout in the world who knows if they wouldn’t get it shut down somehow. Maybe hire some Russians to burn everyone involved.