Riding on the high of the success of The Social Network, Aaron Sorkin has been easing back into the spotlight. Perhaps best known for The West Wing, he’s been getting feisty on the interwebs, as Dustin noted back in December, when Sorkin decided to verbally obliterate Palin in the wake of her televised Moose murder. It’s hardly any surprise then that Sorkin is moving his writing back into the political with his two next projects.
First up is an adaptation of Andrew Young’s book The Politician, which is Young’s account of working for John Edwards and agreeing to be the fall guy for that little knocking-up-the-videographer thing. Sorkin is also talking to John Edwards to get the other side of the story. I imagine it’s to develop all of the nuance of character, but I can’t help thinking it’s simple curiosity. I mean, if you hear from a married guy that his boss convinced him to take the blame for knocking up another employee, or in other words, volunteering to take all of the consequences of having an affair, without, you know, the benefits of the affair itself, then that’s some serious charisma right there. We’re talking the Mule almost bringing down Seldon’s plan level of mojo.
Second, in the wake of the Olbermann departure from MSNBC, Sorkin is talking up a new television series focusing on cable news, drawing the inevitable description of being the bastard love child of “The West Wing” and “Sports Night.” The show doesn’t have a name yet, but it’s going the HBO route, which means two things that you know you always wanted on “Countdown” but never got: swearing and nipples. The pilot’s been written and they’re casting for it now, and we can only hope that Sorkin got Ben Affleck’s audition tape. Sorkin had this to say about the concept:
“I’ve spent some time at CNN…with Keith Olbermann and Chris Matthews, Fox News, I’ve spent some time being a fly on the wall at those shows…What the hope is, is that I can bring the same kind of idealism and romanticism that made government seem sexy on The West Wing, and I can bring it to the news and journalism, which in America is held in at least as much contempt as government.”
The full interview from the BBC is below.