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Aaron Sorkin Directing The Politician
Basedon a real-life scandal

16 July 2010  |  Written by James White  |  Source: The Hollywood Reporter

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It was reported a couple of months ago that West Wing creator Aaron Sorkin was looking to dip his toes back into political screenwriting, and had been showing interest in The Politician, an account of the presidential campaign and sex scandal surrounding US candidate John Edwards. Well, things have moved on, because Sorkin has both bought the rights and is making it his directorial debut.

Andrew Young, who was one of Edwards’ aides for years after first volunteering for him in 1998, found his position compromised when Edwards started demanding that he help cover up his affair and the child he had had with his mistress. After he resigned, Young penned The Politician: An Insider's Account of John Edwards's Pursuit of the Presidency and the Scandal That Brought Him Down, which hit shelves across the pond earlier this year.

"This is a first-hand account of an extraordinary story filled with motivations, decisions and consequences that would have lit Shakespeare up," Sorkin tells The Hollywood Reporter. "There's much more to Andrew's book than what has been reported, and I'm grateful that he's trusting me with it."

Sorkin has been gathering plenty of praise for his script for The Social Network and his work on Moneyball, and given his experience with political tales, his writing the thing is a perfect match. But the real test will come as a director: while he’s overseeing several TV shows, he’s never been behind the megaphone for a feature. Still, he’s worked with enough talented directorial types that we’re confident he’s picked up a trick or two by now.


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I don't understand. It's exactly what he didn't want to do on fictional hollywood show. Did they lie? Is Vincent Chase NOT a movie star? More

Posted by Ethanial at 13:10 on 16 July 2010 | Report This Post

if he's half as good at...
...directing as he is at writing then , oh boy! More

Posted by tysmuse at 13:06 on 16 July 2010 | Report This Post

But.. but... but... when he was in Entourage, Sorkin said he had absolutely no interest in directing! Ah well, glad he's changed his mind, can't wait to see what he does with this latest Washington scandal. More

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