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Aaron Sorkin writing 'The Challenge' for George Clooney's Smoke House

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Aaron Sorkin (Charlie Wilson’s War, The West Wing) will write The Challenge, a courtroom drama, for Warner Bros. and George Clooney’s Smoke House Productions, Variety reports. Clooney may direct as well as play Navy lawyer Charles Swift in the drama about the effort by Swift and Georgetown U. law professor Neal Katyal to ensure a fair trial for Osama bin Laden’s driver, Salim Hamdan, who’d been held at Guantanamo Bay for five years. Jonathan Mahler’s book, The Challenge: Hamdan v. Rumsfeld and the Fight Over Presidential Power, provides the souce material. Sorkin is also working on a movie about the formation of Facebook and is prepping for production on DreamWorks’ The Trial of the Chicago 7, to be directed by Ben Stiller.