Legendary screenwriter Aaron Sorkin’s next project, The Trial Of The Chicago 7, has been put on hold. Fresh off his directorial debut in 2017 with Molly’s Game, which earned him an Oscar nomination for his adapted screenplay, Sorkin has kept himself busy adapting stage plays like his adaptation of To Kill A Mockingbird. A spokesperson for Ambin Entertainment made a statement regarding the hold:
“Aaron just adapted To Kill a Mockingbird which is premiering on Broadway this Thursday. He is currently evaluating his schedule and commitments to determine the best time and way to make The Trial of the Chicago 7. Amblin remains involved as a producer.”
The Trial Of The Chicago 7 tells the tale of the infamous trail in 1969 of seven defendants charged by the federal government for conspiracy due to the protests at the 1968 Democratic National Convention. Like Molly’s Game, Sorkin had planned to write and direct this film. Before him, the likes of Steven Spielberg and Paul Greengrass considered taking the directing job.
Moreover, The Wrap has reported that Michael Keaton dropped out of the film over the weekend. He was originally in talks to play Attorney General Ramsey Clarke before the news hit. Eddie Redmayne, Sacha Baron Cohen and Jonathan Majors were all attached to the film before the news of production being halted.
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