Sorkin to Make Feature Directing Debut with John Edwards Pic

Aaron SorkinAaron Sorkin has acquired the rights to Andrew Young’s book about former presidential candidate John Edwards, The Politician: An Insider’s Account of John Edwards’s Pursuit of the Presidency and the Scandal That Brought Him Down.

According to media reports, Sorkin will make his feature directorial debut with the project, which he will also write and produce.

Young’s book was published by Thomas Dunne Books earlier this year.

Edwards’ run ended when it was revealed that the married senator had fathered an illegitimate child with Rielle Hunter — a claim Edwards denied and then finally admitted.

Young was a longtime Edwards aide.

“This is a firsthand account of an extraordinary story filled with motivations, decisions and consequences that would have lit Shakespeare up,” said Sorkin. “There’s much more to Andrew’s book than what has been reported, and I’m grateful that he’s trusting me with it.”

The West Wing creator’s screenwriting credits include A Few Good Men and Charlie Wilson’s War, along with the upcoming David Fincher-directed The Social Network and Moneyball, an adaptation of the Michael Lewis book that is about to begin production with Bennett Miller directing and Brad Pitt starring.