by: S. Scott Stanikmas – Senior Staff Writer
When you watch certain movies you can pinpoint writers. A Kevin Smith movie sounds a lot different from a Quentin Tarantino flick which sounds nothing like an Aaron Sorkin film. And now we’ll get the chance to see if Sorkin’s visuals make as much of an impression as his words, as the screenwriter is set to make his directorial debut.
Back in late 2014 Sorkin was tapped to write the screenplay to Molly’s Game, the book by Molly Bloom that told her story of running an underground poker game for Hollywood’s biggest stars and highest ranking executives. Now Deadline reports that Sorkin will take action behind the camera as well.
The project landed at Sony in 2014, mere months after the book was published.
Bloom was an aspiring Olympic skier whose dreams were dashed. She then moved to L.A. where she became a cocktail waitress and from there rose through the ranks to the point where she was running high-stakes games with such stars as Ben Affleck and Leonardo DiCaprio…until 2013 when she was busted by the FBI.
The film sounds like its right in Sorkin’s wheelhouse. A smart, talking-heads kind of picture that the writer can cut his teeth on as a debut calling the shots.
No word yet on when filming will begin or when Sony plans on releasing the film.