Aaron Sorkin writing and directing John Edwards biopic

Will Schiffelbein

by: Will Schiffelbein
July 16th, 2010

In the interest of full disclosure, you should know that I have a raging crush on Aaron Sorkin. The West Wing is one of my favorite TV shows. THE AMERICAN PRESIDENT gets me every time. Studio 60 is a tragedy of Shakespearean proportions. Naturally, I'm eagerly awaiting news of what he's working on next.

Well, according to Deadline, Sorkin is about to start working on a script derived from The Politician which tells the story of John Edwards and his pursuit of the Presidency in 2008. Further, Sorkin will also direct the film.

Check out the full story, after the jump.

John Edwards is a politician who has been making waves in American public discourse for the past decade. He won North Carolina's senate seat in 1998, but it was his failed bid for the White House in 2004 as John Kerry's running mate that assured his fame. Though he didn't become Vice-President, he would make one last attempt at securing a spot among the most powerful people int he world.

His 2008 campaign for President didn't end with him securing the Democratic nomination. Instead, it ended with a massive scandal which surrounded him cheating on his dying wife. Talk about a cinematic climax.

Needless to say, I hope Sorkin gets a jump on this soon. I'd love to see him tackle this enigmatic fall from grace. My only worry will be the light which he will shed on Edwards, as he could easily turn this into a cynical meditation on how politics corrupts even the most idealist of dreamers. Wait...that actually sounds interesting!

Either way, I'm stoked. Are you?

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