You know what’s cooler than one movie about Mark Zuckerberg written by Aaron Sorkin? Two movies about Mark Zuckerberg written by Aaron Sorkin. And according to the screenwriter of The Social Network, we’re pretty close to getting a sequel to the 2010 film, directed by David Fincher. In a new interview with the Associated Press, Sorkin believes enough time has lapsed that there’s plenty of material to write a follow-up to The Social Network. “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,” says Sorkin. “A lot of very interesting, dramatic stuff has happened since the movie ends with settling the lawsuit from the Winklevoss Twins and Eduardo Saverin … I’ve gotten more than one email from [Rudin] with an article attached saying, ‘Isn’t it time for a sequel?’”
In the years since The Social Network was released, Facebook has had its fair share of controversies, including the Cambridge Analytica scandal and Russian meddling with the 2016 presidential election. They’ve had so many behind-the-scenes issues, in fact, that Fortune published a detailed list of all of Facebook’s current controversies as of August 2018. Fincher’s film starred Jesse Eisenberg as Facebook founder Mark Zuckerberg, with Andrew Garfield as Eduardo Saverin and Armie Hammer as the Winklevoss twins (with the help of some very impressive CGI). It seems wildly early to speculate about who might return for a sequel, though it’s hard to imagine Eisenberg turning down the opportunity to reprise one of his best roles.
As for Fincher’s potential involvement with a sequel to The Social Network, the filmmaker is currently at work on the second season of his acclaimed Netflix series Mindhunter, and is getting ready to begin production on World War Z 2. Sorkin, who made his directorial debut with the 2017 drama Molly’s Game, could easily sit in the director’s chair on The Social Network sequel–though most would probably agree that having Fincher back behind the camera would be a much better deal.