Sorkin Accepts Clooney’s ‘Challenge’

Aaron Sorkin Working on The Challenge

For the past two weeks, I’ve been watching “The West Wing” almost non-stop since I bought the box set on a whim. A $250 whim. But a solid whim, because the writing is some of the best I’ve ever heard. Luckily, Aaron Sorkin is bringing his talent back to the screen even sooner than we thought.

Which is awesome, because his next project might have been that Untitled Facebook Project.

Variety is reporting that Sorking is putting pen to paper to write The Challenge for George Clooney’s production house. The film will focus on the courtroom drama surrounding a Salim Hamdan, Osama Bin Laden’s driver, who was held at Guantanamo Bay without a trail for five years and the two lawyers fighting to get him his day in court.

Clooney will direct and might star.

It sounds right up the alley of Clooney, which is great, but I’m worried that it’s a bit on the nose, maybe a little to close to the current political issue. One that isn’t completely resolved yet. Of course, it still may be a few more years before this thing get into production since Sorkin is also working on The Trial of the Chicago Seven. Still, it feels (gut reaction) way too soon for this.

What do you think? Can this story be done justice while it’s still going on?

A veteran of writing about movies for nearly a decade, Scott Beggs has been the Managing Editor of Film School Rejects since 2009. Despite speculation, he is not actually Walter Mathau's grandson. See? He can't even spell his name right.

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