Aaron Sorkin, who wrote 'The Social Network,' suggested in 2021 that the story of Facebook in recent years "is a story very much worth telling"
David Fincher seems to have mixed feelings about making a potential sequel to The Social Network.
Fincher, 61, recently spoke with The Guardian about his career and new movie with Michael Fassbender The Killer and fielded a question concerning his 2010 Academy Award-winning movie about the founding and early years of Facebook.
“Aaron [Sorkin, The Social Network's screenwriter] and I have talked about it, but, um... that’s a can of worms," Fincher told the outlet when asked about the potential for a follow-up.
The Social Network, which won Oscars for Best Adapted Screenplay, Best Film Editing and Best Original Score at the 2011 Academy Awards, starred Jesse Eisenberg in his breakout role as Facebook founder Zuckeberg, 39. The movie costarred Andrew Garfield as the company's co-founder Eduardo Saverin, Justin Timberlake as Sean Parker and Armie Hammer in a dual role as the twins Tyler and Cameron Winklevoss, who at one point claimed Zuckerberg stole their idea for the social networking website.
Facebook has retained a continued prominence in modern society — the platform's parent company Meta also owns Instagram, Threads and WhatsApp. On top of that, the 2010 movie appeared near the top of multiple lists praising the best movies of that decade in 2019.
Screenwriter Sorkin, who also began directing the movies that he writes in recent years, told The Hollywood Reporter back in 2021 that he felt open to working to collaborating with Fincher again.
"It’s amazing because I actually had a phone call about that very subject this morning. Have we really gone nowhere since the time I said that?" Sorkin, 62, said at the time, when asked about collaborating with Fincher on a project focusing on Facebook once more. "What progress has been made? The answer to your question is no, I am not done wanting to work with great directors, and Fincher would certainly be on the top of that list."
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"Well, I don’t want to make news here," he clarified at the time. "I think what has been going on with Facebook these last few years is a story very much worth telling, and there is a way to tell it as a follow up to The Social Network, and that’s as much as I know."
Fincher's new movie features Fassbender, 46, as an assassin whose mission goes haywire. The Killer marks his second consecutive collaboration with Netflix, which previously released his 2020 movie Mank.
“One would think,” the filmmaker told The Guardian, when asked whether The Killer — based on a comic book series — could prove franchise-worthy. “I’ve given up on trying to predict what people want.”
“I never know where I’m headed,” he added about any potential future projects. “And I like being lost.”
The Killer made its world premiere at the Venice Film Festival in September. It releases in select theaters this weekend and begins streaming on Netflix Nov. 10.
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