Last year, it was revealed just how badly famed screenwriter Aaron Sorkin wanted to do a movie adaptation based on the book Molly’s Game. In fact, the Sony hack released emails from Sony Pictures co-chairman Amy Pascal, who was irked that Sorkin wanted to do the Molly’s Game movie above all.
It looks like Sorkin will get his way, though, since he’s set to begin work on the film centering on Molly Bloom’s high stakes poker ring. The 54-year-old, who won an Oscar for his Social Network screenplay and is favored to win another through his Steve Jobs script, will also make his directorial debut with this movie.
“It seems hard to imagine that for all his success in movies, TV series creations including The West Wing and The Newsroom, and stage work including A Few Good Men that Sorkin has never gotten behind the camera before,” wrote Deadline.
The subject matter surrounding Molly Bloom’s life is certainly worthy of Hollywood. She was a world-class skier who also maintained a 3.9 GPA in college. After failing to make the U.S. Winter Olympic team, she took a job as a waitress before law school. Then, through a number of events that will hopefully be revealed in the movie, Bloom ended up hosting some of the biggest high stakes poker games ever.
As you may already know, these games featured celebrities like Ben Affleck, Leonardo DiCaprio and Matt Damon along with famous athletes like Alex Rodriguez. Thanks to a crooked hedge fund manager who lost a large amount of his clients’ money in these games, the poker ring came crashing down when the clients sued various players.
Definitely an exciting story, but one that may be difficult to play out when considering that Affleck, DiCaprio and Damon are unlikely to play themselves.