It was just announced by Variety that Aaron Sorkin has made a deal to write three films for DreamWorks. This would have filled me with excitement a couple years ago, but after watching an entire season of Studio 60 on the Sunset Strip, I don't know what to feel. I guess everyone should be allowed a misstep, but few shows have angered and frustrated me like Studio 60. Dreamworks CEO Stacey Snider remains confident, stating: "The quality of (Aaron's) work speaks to the kind of movies we want to make here at DreamWorks and we couldn't be happier to have him in our filmmaker family." Sorkin's three film scripts have all been pretty great -- A Few Good Men (an adaptation of his stage play), Malice, and The American President. This Christmas will mark his return to feature films with Charlie Wilson's War, which Mike Nichols is directing.
The first project Sorkin will write for DreamWorks is a drama called The Trial of the Chicago Seven. It "focuses on the trials of protestors at the 1968 Democratic convention in Chicago, where clashes between demonstrators and police made it one of the defining events of the '60s." OK, Sorkin and politics, I'm intrigued. And making the project all the more exciting is its potential director -- none other than Steven Spielberg. Apparently Spielberg has been developing the project with Sorkin for a while, and hopes to direct the film. Charlie Wilson's War, from Sorkin's first screenplay in over a decade, stars Tom Hanks, Julia Roberts, Philip Seymour Hoffman, Emily Blunt, and Amy Adams. That film will be a drama about covert dealings in Afghanistan. Hey, you know what would work well in a serious drama about Afghanistan? A look behind the scenes of a late-night sketch comedy show! Sound ridiculous? Then why did you think it would work the other way, Sorkin? Why? I'm sorry, I'm still recovering.