Aaron Sorkin to make directorial debut with adaptation of Andrew Young's John Edwards book
Image Credit: Will Ragozzino/Getty ImagesThis news should make everyone happy… except for maybe John Edwards. Aaron Sorkin, the man behind The American President, The West Wing, and A Few Good Men, will make his feature directorial debut with an adaptation of Andrew Young’s The Politician, an insider’s account of Edwards’s pursuit of the presidency and the scandal that brought him down. According to The Hollywood Reporter, Sorkin will also write and produce the film. “This is a first-hand account of an extraordinary story filled with motivations, decisions and consequences that would have lit Shakespeare up,” Sorkin told the trade. “There’s much more to Andrew’s book than what has been reported, and I’m grateful that he’s trusting me with it.” (Is there anything better than an inspired, fired-up Aaron Sorkin?)
There have been rumors since April that Sorkin — who’s having a great week with the reception to the trailer for The Social Network, which he also penned — was interested in adapting the book for the big screen, at which point the Internet started pondering casting. Now that it’s an official go, let’s get serious: George Clooney? Dennis Quaid? Michael Sheen?