Aaron Sorkin grabs rights to John Edwards’ crumbling campaign story

By Sean O’Connell
Hollywoodnews.com: It’s thrilling when the right story finds the right storyteller. And though we are very early in the process, it feels like Aaron Sorkin — writer for “A Few Good Men,” “The American President” and television’s “The West Wing” — is the perfect candidate to adapt and possibly direct Andrew Young’s book about his time inside the failed John Edwards presidential campaign.

Young’s book is titled “The Politician: An Insider’s Account of John Edwards’s Pursuit of the Presidency and the Scandal That Brought Him Down.” It reportedly recounts, with painstaking detail, Edward’s relationship with campaign videographer Rielle Hunter. The two, of course, had a child, leading to the shattering of Edwards’ marriage, political career, and life.

The Hollywood Reporter is saying Sorkin will turn “The Politician” into his directorial debut. We can only hope it will reference the great political potboilers of the 1970s, which seem to inform Sorkin’s writing. In the meantime, David Fincher will use a Sorkin script for his upcoming Facebook thriller, “The Social Network,” which will be in theaters in October.

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Sean O'Connell is a nationally recognized film critic. His reviews have been published in print ('The Washington Post,' 'USA Today') and online (AMC FilmCritic.com, MSN's Citysearch) since 1996. He's a weekly contributor to several national radio programs. He is a longstanding member of the Broadcast Film Critics Association (BFCA), the Online Film Critics Society (OFCS), and the Southeastern Film Critics View all articles by Sean O'Connell Association (SEFCA).

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