The Politician, Andrew Young’s tell-all about his stint with former Vice Presidential candidate John Edwards, is the kind of sleazy, sordid tome that requires you take a shower after reading. It reflects terribly on Edwards, who posited himself as a paragon of Southern values when he was really a womanizing sleazebag, oilier and more slippery than a rattlesnake covered in Crisco, as well as Young himself, who was willing to do desperate and pathetic things like pretend the love child of Edwards and mistress Rielle Hunter was his in an attempt to protect his boss’ image.
And don’t get me started on Hunter’s memoir, as reading it will cause you to lose all faith in humanity.
Now Young’s The Politician is being adapted for the big screen by political specialist Aaron Sorkin, who knows a thing or two about powerful men with huge egos. The novel is full of sex, lies, and bad behavior. (Really, no one comes off well in it, particularly the author.) But it does have all the makings of a high-stakes, sex-saturated political melodrama full of betrayal, infidelity, and larger than life villains (seriously, this is story with no heroes), so it is squarely in Sorkin’s wheelhouse.
Sorkin first snapped up the rights to the book in 2010 with the intention of making it his directorial debut, and Deadline now reports that he’s extended his ownership of the rights until 2016. Even with his The Newsroom off the air, Sorkin has a full slate that includes Molly’s Game, an adaptation of Molly Bloom’s memoir, and Moneyball author Michael Lewis’ Flash Boys: A Wall Street Revolt.