Aaron Sorkin is a whole lot of fun to make fun of as a television writer. Why, not a week goes by that some particularly overwrought bit of Sorkin hokum from Studio 60 On The Sunset Strip doesn’t flit through my brain and delight me with its exquisitely self-important didacticism. Of course, there are plenty of folks who revere Sorkin, the creator of The West Wing, as just about the best television writer around, but the gulf between his very high highs and very low lows is massive.
Sorkin is much more difficult to laugh at as a screenwriter of films about larger-than-life personalities and their too-strange-for-fiction life stories. Sorkin adapted Charlie Wilson’s War for the big screen, helped transform Moneyball from a baseball statistic book for eggheads into a crowd-pleasing critical and commercial hit, and won an Academy Award for bringing the zeitgeist-capturing rise of Facebook chief Mark Zuckerberg to the world of film in The Social Network.
Sorkin looks to be in a good groove screenwriting-wise, because he has a whole lot more ripped-from-the-headlines projects on his plate. He wrote the troubled, Danny Boyle-directed Steve Jobs biopic that Christian Bale recently left, is adapting Andrew Young’s scummily compelling John Edwards tell-all The Politician for the big screen, and is also working on an adaptation of Moneyball author Michael Lewis’ Flash Boys.
Now Sorkin has added another reality-based adaptation to his overstuffed plate in the form of Molly Bloom’s Molly’s Game. Deadline reports he’s now set to take on the memoir about a twentysomething competitive skier (author Molly Bloom) who found herself running what is described as the most glamorous and prestigious high-stakes poker game in Los Angeles, before law enforcement brought her down. It looks like it has the potential to be a Wolf Of Wolf Street-like melodrama about bad behavior at the very upper echelon of the socio-economic, political, and show-business ladder, a tale of power players playing a very big game to the best of their abilities. In other words, it looks right up Sorkin’s alley—though considering the wealth of different projects he’s working on, it’ll be interesting to see which of them actually make it onto the big screen, and in what form.