It looks like, for the time being, Aaron Sorkin is staying true to his word and sticking to film writing, thanks to a few rounds of poker.
The West Wing and Newsroom creator has signed on to adapt the memoir Molly’s Game, a tell-all written by Molly Bloom, who for eight years ran the world’s most exclusive poker game in Los Angeles.
Mark Gordon under The Mark Gordon Company has optioned the rights to the book and set Sorkin to pen the script, after the two most recently came together for the upcoming and still Steve Jobs-less Steve Jobs biopic. Deadline first reported the news.
Bloom ran the underground poker game after spending years as a skier, but after failing to qualify for the Olympics she moved to Los Angeles before going to law school. While there, some strange circumstances and an entrepreneurial gift shift Bloom’s attention from her job as a waitress to the world of underground poker.
No other information is known about the film, though it’s a safe bet the adaptation won’t go by the book’s longer title–Molly’s Game: From Hollywood’s Elite to Wall Street’s Billionaire Boys Club, My High-Stakes Adventure in the World of Underground Poker. That’s going to be difficult to fit on a movie poster.