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FX Picks Up Rights to ‘Social Network,’ ‘Wall Street 2’

Continues the cable channel’s buying spree of feature films that also include “Karate Kid” and “Salt”

FX has acquired the broadcast premiere rights to both "The Social Network" and "Wall Street: Money Never Sleeps."

The cable network announced the acquisitions Tuesday morning.

"The Social Network" was the box-office champ last weekend and "Wall Street: Money Never Sleeps" won the previous weekend. 

"The Social Network" is a sexed-up story of the founding of social media giant Facebook. It is written by Aaron Sorkin and stars Jesse Eisenberg as Facebook founder Mark Zuckerberg. In addition, to box office bucks, "The Social Network" is already generating Oscar buzz. 

"Wall Street: Money Never Sleeps" is a sequel to Oliver Stone's 1987 film "Wall Street," which starred Michael Douglas and Charlie Sheen. In the sequel, Douglas reprises his role as corporate raider Gordon Gekko. Shia LaBeouf also stars as a young investment banker who dates Gekko's daughter. 

In June, an FX spokesperson told TheWrap that the network believes it has positioned itself as the "dominant basic cable network in acquired theatrical films." FX went on a buying spree this summer and picked up a spate of feature film rights including "Karate Kid," "A-Team," "Date Night" and "Salt."