Aaron Sorkin considering a Social Network sequel
It’s been nearly a decade since Aaron Sorkin (Molly’s Game) and David Fincher (Gone Girl) graced audiences with a version of the founding of social media mega-company Facebook with The Social Network, but the interest in telling the next phase of the website’s life has not died down at all for the studio. Sorkin recently sat down for an interview with AP Entertainment (which can be viewed below) in which he reveals that the original film’s producer Scott Rudin has been consistently pushing the Oscar-winning screenwriter to develop a script for a Social Network sequel.
“I’ve gotten more than one email from him with an article attached saying, ‘Isn’t it time for a sequel?’” Sorkin said.
The 57-year-old writer also discussed the fact that numerous events have occurred to the website in the time since the original’s release, including hacking scandals, the controversial pivot-to-video and the Cambridge Analytica issue, all of which Sorkin addressed as potential for more entertaining and dramatic potential.
“First of all, 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 revealed. “A lot of very interesting, dramatic stuff has happened since the movie ends with settling the lawsuit from the Winklevoss Twins and Eduardo Saverin.”
— AP Entertainment (@APEntertainment) January 11, 2019
The original film debuted in theaters in October 2010 and was one of the most acclaimed films of the year, earning eight Oscar nominations and winning three for Best Adapted Screenplay for Sorkin, Best Original Score for Trent Reznor and Atticus Ross and Best Film Editing for Angus Wall and Krik Baxter. The film has also appeared on numerous lists for the best films of the 21st century and was also a huge hit among audiences, grossing nearly $225 million at the global box office on a $40 million budget and a strong $13 million in first-week home media sales with a lifetime gross of over $36 million on home media.
Sorkin, who has recently been focusing on his work on Broadway adapting To Kill a Mockingbird that opened in December to rave reviews, last hit the big screen with the 2017 crime biopic Molly’s Game starring Jessica Chastain, which earned highly positive reviews from critics and was nominated for numerous accolades, including an Oscar for Sorkin’s script and two Golden Globes for Sorkin’s script and Chastain’s performance. He was set to finally bring his long-developed script The Trial of the Chicago 7 to life by stepping in the director’s chair, but production was shut down last month over budget concerns and the project is currently on hold.