Aaron Sorkin Will Make Directorial Debut with 'Molly's Game'

Aaron Sorkin Will Make Directorial Debut with 'Molly's Game'

Jan 08, 2016

Aaron Sorkin

Aaron Sorkin is one of the relatively few screenwriters who have gained name recognition solely on the basis of their writing. Unlike, say, Woody Allen, who has been nominated for an Academy Award 16 times as a writer but is still better known as a director and actor, Sorkin is known through and through for his scripts.

He didn't start out as a writer, though. Initially he was an actor and it was only by chance one night more than 30 years ago that he tried his hand at writing a play. He stayed up all night and decided he liked writing. "When I was writing dialogue, I felt a confidence that I’d never felt as an actor -- and I was a pretty cocky actor,” Sorkin told The Hollywood Reporter. “Honestly, I feel like that night has never ended. It’s still that night, and I’ve just kept on going.”  

Sorkin's ability as a playwright earned him an Outer Critics Circle Award for A Few Good Men in 1989 and his adaptation of the play for the screen in 1992 gained wide recognition, especially when Jack Nicholson was nominated for an Academy Award for his memorable supporting performance.


He continued to hone his style for the screen in his sharp-tongued scripts for Malice and The American President, and became known for long, complex scenes of witty and quotable dialogue. He took his talents to television for the highly-praised TV sitcom Sports Night and political drama The West Wing, as well as the Hollywood comedy/drama Studio 60 on the Sunset Strip, before returning to write Charlie Wilson's War and The Social Network for the big screen. The latter won him an Academy Award.


Since then, he's been seeking an opportunity to direct and the time has finally come. On the heels of his latest produced screenplay, Steve Jobs, Sorkin is now set to direct Molly's Game. It's based on a memoir by Molly Bloom, which details her life as a world-class skier before she ended up running an exclusive high-stakes poker game for eight years.

Sorkin was tapped to write the screenplay in late 2014 by producer Mark Gordon, who also served as a producer on Steve Jobs. The quality of Sorkin's scripts usually draws top acting talent, so it should be interesting to see who ends up playing the lead role with Sorkin behind the camera. We could see this movie on the big screen late next year.

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