DreamWorks Puts Aaron Sorkin on 'Trial'
Steven Spielberg may direct first script from pact
According to the industry trade papers, Sorkin has signed a three-picture deal with DreamWorks Studios, a pact that will kick off with "The Trial of the Chicago 7."
Focusing on the trials of protesters after the 1968 Chicago Democratic convention, "The Trial of the Chicago 7" has been in development for the past six months, possibly as a directing vehicle for Steven Spielberg. Walter Parkes and Laurie MacDonald will produce.
No details were released on either of the other films that will be part of the deal.
"The quality of his 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," DreamWorks CEO and co-chairman Stacey Snider tells both trades.
Although "Studio 60" earned some critical and audience admiration in its single season on NBC, it failed to reach the level of acclaim for Sorkin's "Sports Night" or the combination of popularity and awards glory of "The West Wing."
Sorkin wrote the screenplay for this fall's "Charlie Wilson's War," starring Tom Hanks and Julia Roberts. His next play, "The Farnsworth Invention," premieres this fall on Broadway.