EXCLUSIVE: Aaron Sorkin is reconfirming his dedication to chronicling the rise and scandalous fall of a presidential candidate. The Newsroom and West Wing creator, one of Hollywood’s most outspoken voices in the recent Sony hacking attack, has extended his option on NYT bestseller The Politician, Andrew Young’s explosive 2010 tell-all about the adultery scandal that ended former North Carolina Senator John Edwards’ 2008 Democratic Presidential campaign.
Young exposed shocking details of the married Edwards’ secret affair with campaign staffer Rielle Hunter that yielded an illegitimate child. The Politician revealed how Young, a volunteer in Edwards’ 1998 Senate run who became his trusted right hand man, was asked to help cover up Edwards’ adultery, fake paternity test results, and claim the child as his own for the Presidential hopeful.
The lid was blown when a tabloid newspaper uncovered the affair, which blindsided Edwards’ cancer-stricken wife Elizabeth and led to the implosion of Edwards’ presidential run.
Sorkin first picked up rights to The Politician in 2010 with the intention of making it his directorial debut, and is writing and producing. “This is a first hand account of an extraordinary story filled with motivations, decisions and consequences that would have lit Shakespeare up,” Sorkin said when he first landed the rights, which he’s now extended to 2016. “There is much more to Andrew’s book than what has been reported and I am grateful that he’s trusting me with it.”
With the conclusion of the Emmy- and Golden Globe-nominated The Newsroom last weekend, The Politician joins a few other feature projects on Sorkin’s front burner including Molly’s Game, based on the 2014 memoir of poker madam Molly Bloom, and Flash Boys, based on the Michael Lewis book Flash Boys: A Wall Street Revolt.
Sorkin’s feature scripting credits include A Few Good Men, Malice, The American President, Charlie Wilson’s War, The Social Network, and Moneyball. His Steve Jobs biopic will be helmed by Danny Boyle for Universal with Michael Fassbender, Seth Rogen, and the recently-cast Michael Stuhlbarg starring.
Sorkin is repped by WME.