Exclusive: Aaron Sorkin on Future Projects; Says His New TV Show Will Be Announced in the Coming Weeks!

     September 26, 2010

After yesterday’s press conference for The Social Network ended at the Harvard Club in New York City, I was able to ask screenwriter Aaron Sorkin a few questions.  Since I knew I’d only have less than a minute, I decided to focus on what he’s working on right now.  He told me:

“I’m writing the book to a Broadway musical.  I’m writing a new television series.  And I will be be writing and directing…I optioned the Andrew Young book about John Edwards and I’m going to adapt that and direct it as well.  It’s called The Politician.”

While Sorkin revealed almost a year ago he was working on a new TV show, since then, there have been zero updates. But when I pressed him for more details, he told me to expect an official announcement in the coming weeks!  More after the jump:

If you didn’t know Sorkin was working on a new TV show, he told TV Guide magazine last November:

“It’s going to be what turns out to be the third in the trilogy of TV shows that take place behind the scenes of a TV show, but this will be a different kind of TV show. That’s all I can let out of the bag right now.”

When he mentions the third in the trilogy, he’s of course talking about Sports Night and Studio 60 on the Sunset Strip. Rumors are that he wants to do a show about cable news.

Anyway, when I pressed him for more details on the TV project, he was very guarded and wouldn’t tell me anything specific.  I even tried to find out if it was going to be a network show or if it would end up on cable.  All he would tell me was:

“I can’t say.  But there will be an announcement in the next few weeks.”

The good news for fans of Sorkin is…at least we won’t have to wait much longer to find out exactly what the show is about and what network will air it.

And regarding the John Edwards book The Politician…when Sorkin first announced the project two months ago, he released a statement as to why he wanted to option the book and write and direct the movie.  He said:

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

While the story of John Edwards didn’t interest me, with Sorkin involved, I’m of course interested.

Anyhow, here’s my less than a minute chat with Sorkin fully transcribed.  Are you excited for a new Sorkin TV show?  I know I am.

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Collider: What are you working on right now?  What’s coming up for you?

Aaron Sorkin:  Well, there is this press tour that we’re doing. Then there are three things that I can’t get specific about because my publicist has just come along.

She likes me though.  (She does…but I would have said anything to keep him talking)

Sorkin:  I’m writing the book to a Broadway musical.  I’m writing a new television series.  And I will be be writing and directing…I optioned the Andrew Young book about John Edwards and I’m going to adapt that and direct it as well.  It’s called The Politician.

What’s the TV thing which I’m sure a lot of people are excited about.

Sorkin:  I can’t go into it right now…until the announcement is made.

Can you at least say network or cable?

Sorkin:  I can’t say.  But there will be an announcement in the next few weeks.

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