Aaron Sorkin talks potential Lucille Ball movie at Golden Globes
The screenwriter also teases his directorial debut
Don’t expect Aaron Sorkin to rest on his laurels. Moments after collecting a Golden Globe Award for penning Steve Jobs, the screenwriter discussed no fewer than three potential future projects.
Speaking to reporters backstage at the show, Sorkin first addressed the Lucille Ball and Desi Arnaz biopic he was linked to in September, along with fellow Globe winner Cate Blanchett.
“I can’t comment about the Lucy/Desi movie publicly, but I can tell you that it’s a very exciting project,” he said.
Sorkin was more forthcoming about another project, one that represents a first for him. “Maybe some of you saw the announcement that I’m going to be directing a script that I wrote, Molly’s Game, so I’m in the middle of casting that,” he said. The film will adapt Molly Bloom’s 2014 memoir about running a secret high-stakes poker game.
“I can’t tell you at this point which will come first,” he continued. “So there’s that. I’m sorry, I’m usually better at words. I promise. You could perform surgery on me right now, I’m so stunned by what’s happened.”
Finally, he said, “Flash Boys is a very exciting project that I hope hasn’t been invalidated by another Michael Lewis book that was adapted into a movie called The Big Short. Because Flash Boys is an amazing story and I’d love to see it be a movie. Whether I write it or not, I’d love to see it be a movie.”
Like The Big Short — which director and co-writer Adam McKay brought to the screen this awards season — Flash Boys centers on a group of maverick Wall Streeters. Sorkin circled the film in 2014. It would be his second time adapting a book by Lewis, after 2011’s Moneyball.