Jeff Daniels is on his way to starring in Aaron Sorkin’s HBO pilot
If you didn't know who Aaron Sorkin was before last month's Academy Awards, you probably do now. The writer won a well-deserved Oscar last month for his screenplay for THE SOCIAL NETWORK. He is also the writing force behind such television shows as The West Wing, Sports Night, and Studio 60 on the Sunset Strip.
Sorkin has been developing a new show for HBO tentatively titled MORE AS THE STORY DEVELOPS. The Hollywood Reporter has reported that Jeff Daniels is in talks to star as the lead in MORE AS THE STORY DEVELOPS. If the negotiating goes well, the show will mark Daniels' first role as a regular on a television series, transitioning him from his prolific film career.
The show will be a dramatic look behind the scenes at a cable news show. The format isn't something new to Sorkin, both Studio 60 and Sports Night followed the same formula with a sketch comedy show and sports news show, respectively.
Sorkin originally wrote the character as a 40-something, and Daniels is currently 56, so it will be interesting to see how that plays out if Daniels lands the role.