‘Steve Jobs’ Screenwriter Aaron Sorkin to Make Directorial Debut on ‘Molly’s Game’
After years of earning praise and accolades for his writing work on shows like The West Wing and The Newsroom, and on films like The Social Network and last year's Steve Jobs, Aaron Sorkin is finally set to direct his own feature film. The acclaimed screenwriter is stepping away from politics and technology for Molly's Game, based on the memoir by Molly Bloom.
Deadline reports that Sorkin has signed on to direct Molly's Game, with Steve Jobs producer Mark Gordon co-producing alongside former Sony exec Amy Pascal. You may remember some mention of this project during the big Sony email hack, as Sorkin has been attached to script the film since Gordon initially purchased the rights in 2014.
The story centers on Molly Bloom, a political science major who took a year off from law school and wound up operating the most elite, high-stakes poker game in Hollywood for eight years. Here's the official description of her memoir, titled Molly's Game: From Hollywood's Elite to Wall Street's Billionaire Boys Club, My High-Stakes Adventure in the World of Underground Poker:
Molly Bloom reveals how she built one of the most exclusive, high-stakes underground poker games in the world—an insider’s story of excess and danger, glamour and greed.
In the late 2000s, Molly Bloom, a twentysomething petite brunette from Loveland Colorado, ran the highest stakes, most exclusive poker game Hollywood had ever seen—she was its mistress, its lion tamer, its agent, and its oxygen. Everyone wanted in, few were invited to play.
Hundreds of millions of dollars were won and lost at her table. Molly’s game became the game for those in the know—celebrities, business moguls, and millionaires. Molly staged her games in palatial suites with beautiful views and exquisite amenities. She flew privately, dined at exclusive restaurants, hobnobbed with the heads of Hollywood studios, was courted by handsome leading men, and was privy to the world’s most delicious gossip, until it all came crashing down around her.
Molly’s Game is a behind the scenes look at Molly’s game, the life she created, the life she lost, and what she learned in the process.
Sorkin is currently receiving serious Oscar buzz for his Steve Jobs screenplay, though the film underperformed at the box office due to its limited release strategy. He previously won an Oscar for Best Adapted Screenplay for The Social Network in 2011, and was nominated in 2012 with Steve Zaillan for their Moneyball screenplay.