The Film That Lit My Fuse is a Deadline video series that aims to provide an antidote to headlines about industry uncertainty by swinging the conversation back to the creative ambitions, formative influences and inspirations of some of today’s great screen artists.
Every installment asks the same five questions. Today’s subject is Aaron Sorkin, the preeminent writer, playwright and show creator who most recently wrote and directed The Trial Of The Chicago 7, which just debuted on Netflix. Sorkin’s work includes the play A Few Good Men (his Hollywood break came from scripting the hit film adaptation), Malice, The American President, Charlie Wilson’s War, The Social Network (he won the Oscar for Best Adapted Screenplay), Moneyball, Steve Jobs and Molly’s Game, the latter of which marked his feature directing debut.
On the TV series front, he created the seminal White House drama The West Wing, as well as Sports Night, Studio 60 on the Sunset Strip and The Newsroom. And for the stage, he most recently adapted the Harper Lee novel To Kill a Mockingbird.
How did he learn to pull all of those words out of himself? Let him explain.
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