Aaron Sorkin has written some pretty incredible films including A Few Good Men and The Social Network, in addition to being one of the only show-runners to write nearly every episode of his creation, The West Wing. Among his numerous other awards, Sorkin won an Oscar for writing The Social Network, and was nominated for a second for Moneyball. Now his attention may be turning to the most lucrative genre of all... superhero flicks.
“I happen to have meetings coming up with both DC and Marvel. I have to go into these meetings and tell them as respectfully as I can that I’ve never read a comic book. It’s not that I don’t like them, it’s just that I’ve never been exposed to one. So, I’m hoping that somewhere in their library is a comic book character that I’m gonna love and I’m going to want to go back and start reading from the first issue on.”
See? You don't have to choose one over the other (though eventually Sorkin may have to)! Even Sorkin is giving both DC and Marvel a chance. Why can't we all get along?
For those concerned that Sorkin hasn't read a comic book, keep in mind that the writer of Spider-Man 2, Alvin Sargent, admitted on the commentary for the film that he still hadn't read a Spider-Man comic even after completing the film. In fact, that is one of the reasons why I feel Spider-Man 2 is one of the all-around best movies in the genre. It was written by someone who understands the structure of a great film and isn't too attached to any one aspect from the comics that would fault the script.
Besides, Sorkin says he is willing to do the homework, as he will "start reading from the first issue on." That's more than most superhero film writers can say! That being said, I can't think of the right project for Sorkin at the moment -- I know it will come to me tonight while laying in bed. I would prefer he gravitates toward DC, as they could use more talented writers like Sorkin in their roster. Just get ready for the classic "walk and talk" in most scenes.
Do you have the perfect project in mind for Sorkin to write? What character would you have him tackle? Let us know your thoughts in the comment section below!
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