Aaron Sorkin reveals he's writing possible “Social Network” sequel: 'I blame Facebook for Jan. 6'

He says the script explores how social media is hurting democracy.

Aaron Sorkin's upcoming project may get a big thumbs-down emoji from Mark Zuckerberg.

The Oscar-winning screenwriter has revealed that he's writing a new movie that could serve as a sequel to 2010's The Social Network, his drama tracking the descent of Zuckerberg as he goes from a striving Harvard undergrad to the billionaire founder of Facebook.

The news — and some details of the project's premise — came when Sorkin was asked about the role Facebook and other social media companies should play in moderating media and democracy on the latest episode of Matthew Belloni's The Town podcast.

“I'll be writing about this," Sorkin replied. "I blame Facebook for Jan. 6."

So how exactly will he tackle chronicling the shocking day Donald Trump supporters stormed the U.S. Capitol? "You’re going to need to buy a movie ticket," Sorkin said.

<p>Merrick Morton/Columbia Pictures/Courtesy Everett Collection</p> Jesse Eisenberg as Mark Zuckerberg in 'The Social Network'

Merrick Morton/Columbia Pictures/Courtesy Everett Collection

Jesse Eisenberg as Mark Zuckerberg in 'The Social Network'

But the screenwriter did confirm that a Jan. 6 movie is on the horizon. "Facebook has been, among other things, tuning its algorithm to promote the most divisive material possible because that is what will increase engagement," Sorkin said. "That is what will get you to what they call inside the hallways of Facebook 'the infinite scroll.'"

He added, “There is supposed to be a constant tension at Facebook between growth and integrity. There isn't. It's just growth. So if Mark Zuckerberg woke up tomorrow morning and realized that there is nothing you can buy for $120 billion that you can't buy for $119 billion, so 'how about if I make a little bit less money? I will tune up integrity, tune down growth.' Yes, he can do that by honestly switching a one to a zero and a zero to a one.”

Representatives for Sorkin did not immediately respond to EW's request for comment, but sources close to him told The Hollywood Reporter that the project is a "Social Network-adjacent screenplay," emphasizing that it is still in the early days of development and no studio is attached to it yet.

David Fincher directed The Social Network, which starred Jesse Eisenberg, Andrew Garfield, Justin Timberlake, and Armie Hammer. Fincher divulged last year that he and Sorkin had been talking about a sequel to the film, but he added that making it would be a "can of worms" without elaborating.

Listen to Sorkin's podcast interview in full below.

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