Aaron Sorkin is one of the more highly sought after screenwriters in Hollywood, but now he is looking to expand his career profile further. The Oscar-winning scribe has announced that he will be branching out to directing as well, starting with the film Molly’s Game.
The real life story of Molly Bloom, a skiing champ who went on to be the power behind some of the largest underground poker games, is something that Sorkin had been working on for some time. It was mentioned as a project Sorkin was looking forward to writing a few years ago in emails that were part of the 2014 Sony hack. The film will be based on Bloom’s memoirs Molly’s Game: From Hollywood’s Elite to Wall Street’s Billionaire Boy’s Club, My High-Stakes Adventure in the World of Underground Poker. At the time of her arrest by the FBI, Bloom had been organizing poker games which featured guest lists that included several Hollywood elites such as the likes of Ben Affleck, Leonardo DiCaprio and Tobey Maguire.
The Hollywood Reporter is stating that Sony is excited about the film and has fast tracked its production. Sorkin will reportedly be meeting with actresses for the titular role soon.