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Ten years ago, screenwriter Aaron Sorkin and director David Fincher unleashed The Social Network, the Oscar-winning look at the founding of Facebook.
In the intervening years, the real-life Facebook story has added twists to its story that few could have imagined back in 2010. The social media company has been embroiled in a number of scandals, including being accused of allowing misinformation to spread on its platform in ways that have affected democracy at home and around the world.
Sorkin and producer Scott Rudin would like to see a Social Network sequel happen, the screenwriter told filmmaker told MTV’s Josh Horowitz on Wednesday’s episode of the Happy.Sad.Confused podcast.
“I do want to see it. And Scott wants to see it,” said Sorkin, who remains in contact with Fincher and recently spoke to him about the filmmaker’s upcoming movie Mank. “People have been talking to me about it. What we’ve discovered is the dark side of Facebook.”
The Social Network won Sorkin an Oscar and was based on The Accidental Billionaires, the 2009 book by author Ben Mezrich, who presented an inside look at the company’s founding.
In more recent times, Sorkin has taken an interest in Roger McNamee, an early Facebook investor who published the 2019 book Zucked, which was critical of the company. Sorkin has met with McNamee, who raised red flags to Zuckerberg and Facebook CEO Sheryl Sandberg after noticing strange political activity on the platform.
“And Sandberg and Zuckerberg seem uninterested in doing anything about it,” said Sorkin. “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. ‘We have a huge problem here and something needs to be done about it.'”
Sorkin said he would like to write that movie, but under one condition. “I will only write it if David directs it.”
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