Aaron Sorkin is going from the pen to the big chair. The Social Network and Steve Jobs writer will direct Molly’s Game, an adaptation of a poker memoir, his publicist confirmed to EW.
The Oscar-winning screenwriter has an extensive résumé, which includes The West Wing and The Newsroom, but no directing credits. The 54-year-old was already attached to the project, signing on to write it in November 2014.
Molly Bloom’s 2014 book detailed the high-stakes, secret poker game she ran for eight years in Los Angeles that featured millionaires, celebrities, and powerful business types. It was her second career act after failing to quality for the Olympic skiing team.
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Mark Gordon (Saving Private Ryan) will produce for Sony, along with former Sony Chairperson Amy Pascal.
Deadline first reported the news.