Aaron Sorkin in Negotiations to Adapt FLASH BOYS

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Aaron Sorkin is in negotiations to adapt Michael Lewis’ novel “Flash Boys: A Wall Street Revolt” for Sony.  This would be the second Lewis book the Oscar-winning screenwriter adapted for the studio, having previously worked on Moneyball (for which he earned an Oscar nomination).  Flash Boys delves into “the practice of high-frequency trading on Wall Street and how it became a way to rig the system.”  While Lewis’ book centers on one-time Goldman Sachs programmer Sergey Aleynikov, and Investor’s Exchange (IEX) founder Brad Katsuyama, among other Wall Street folks, it’s unclear how close Sorkin’s adaptation would hew.  Hit the jump for more.

Danny Boyle in Talks to Direct Steve Jobs Biopic; Leonardo DiCaprio Eyed to Star

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Sony Pictures is wasting no time in finding a new director for its high-profile Steve Jobs biopic.  The film initially looked to be a Social Network reunion, as David Fincher circled the Aaron Sorkin-penned project for a bit before falling off when Sony balked at his stipulations for directing.  Now, a mere week later, Danny Boyle has entered the conversation, and the Slumdog Millionaire filmmaker is eyeing the project as a potential The Beach reunion with Leonardo DiCaprio as his top choice to take on the leading role.  More after the jump.

INSIDE AMY SCHUMER Does a Killer Aaron Sorkin Parody with “The Foodroom”

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Because Aaron Sorkin has a distinct style, he’s an easy target for parody.  However, that doesn’t mean parodying him is easy.  There’s still a cadence, a tone, and a personality to mimic, and nailing down those elements takes a sharp comedic mind.  Enter Amy Schumer, who’s probably about to break out in a big way.  She’s the writer and star of the upcoming Judd Apatow film, Trainwreck, and she currently has a series on Comedy Central entitled Inside Amy Schumer.  On the latest episode, she did a glorious parody of The Newsroom by resetting it in a fast food joint.  The results are hilarious.  It’s also great to see Josh Charles, who starred on Sorkin’s Sports Night, lampooning the kind of role he once played for real.

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David Fincher in Talks to Direct Steve Jobs Biopic Written by Aaron Sorkin

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The last time director David Fincher and screenwriter Aaron Sorkin teamed up to tell the story of a prickly tech pioneer the results were impressive to say the least.  Now The Social Network duo might be turning their attention from Mark Zuckerberg to Steve Jobs.  A couple years ago, Sorkin signed on to write a screenplay on Jobs’ official biography, Steve Jobs.  However, unlike the silly Jobs starring Ashton Kutcher, Sorkin had a unique take on the material by writing it in the form of three, 30-minute scenes.  It’s a bold, simple design that the late Apple founder probably could have appreciated.

And now Fincher might be coming on board to direct.  Hit the jump for more.

HBO Renews Aaron Sorkin’s THE NEWSROOM for Third and Final Season

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After waiting and waiting to see whether Aaron Sorkin would continue with his HBO series The Newsroom, the creator has agreed to return for a third and final season.  The network announced today that it would be renewing the series for one last season, after Sorkin recently stated that he “needed time to think” about returning for a third season.  The scheduling issue that came into play was the fact that Sorkin needed to write the script for Sony’s Steve Jobs biopic before returning to his showrunning duties, and it appears that he has done so as THR reports that production on The Newsroom’s final season will commence this spring.

Joining Sorkin and executive producers Alan Poul and Scott Rudin for the third season will be former The Office showrunner and actor Paul Lieberstein (aka “Toby”), who has come onboard as an executive producer for the HBO series.  The team has been meeting in recent weeks to map out storylines, and as an avid Sorkin supporter—for better or worse—I’m eager to see what they come up with.

Aaron Sorkin Says He “Needs Time to Think” about Returning for THE NEWSROOM Season 3

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HBO has a habit of renewing its original series very early, which makes The Newsroom a curious case.  Though Aaron Sorkin’s cable-news set drama isn’t exactly a critical darling, the show’s second season showed a steady increase in viewership and Jeff Daniels pulled a surprise Emmy win for Best Actor in a Drama Series this past Sunday.  Nevertheless, the show wrapped up its second season over a week ago and we have still yet to hear official word from HBO about season three—despite Daniels jumping the gun with a tweet “confirmation.”

What we have heard is that discussions are ongoing with Sorkin about a third season, and the ball very much appears to be in his court.  Now the creator says he “needs time to think” about doing another season of the show.  Hit the jump for more.

Paul Greengrass Drops Out of Aaron Sorkin’s TRIAL OF THE CHICAGO 7

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And just like that, The Trial of the Chicago 7 heads back into development hell.  The project was initially written by Aaron Sorkin as a directing vehicle for Steven Spielberg in the 2000s, but subsequently languished in Hollywood for years after Spielberg dropped out.  A couple of months ago, Paul Greengrass circled back around and entered talks to direct the pic, which chronicles the trial surrounding seven defendants who were arrested following protests that took place in Chicago during the Democratic Convention in 1968.

DreamWorks wasn’t willing to spend any more than $30 million on the film (for a period piece, really?), and Variety reports that when Greengrass turned in a budget closer to $40 million the two decided to part ways.  He will now move on to find another film to act as his next project, while DreamWorks works to find a director who can get the film made at the smaller price tag.  Greengrass’ next movie, Captain Phillips, opens this October and is already garnering some heavy awards buzz, so it shouldn’t be tough to find a replacement film.

Jeff Daniels Says THE NEWSROOM Has Been Renewed for a Third Season

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HBO famously renews its original series incredibly quickly, but Aaron Sorkin’s drama show The Newsroom is barreling towards the final two episodes of its second season and we have yet to hear official word of a renewal.  That appears to have changed, though, as star Jeff Daniels recently tweeted, “It’s Official. #Newsroom coming back for a Season 3.”  Though we still haven’t heard official word from HBO regarding season three, we do know that HBO wants a third season.  The holdup has actually been a matter of scheduling instead of concern over ratings or reviews.  Hit the jump for more, including why The Newsroom just might return a little later than usual. 

HBO Executives Richard Plepler and Michael Lombardo Talk GAME OF THRONES, James Gandolfini’s CRIMINAL JUSTICE, THE NEWSROOM Season 3, and More

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While at the HBO portion of the TCA Press Tour, President of Programming Michael Lombardo and co-President Richard Plepler took some time to talk about new and returning programming.  During the interview, they spoke about how long Game of Thrones and True Blood could run for, what they have currently in development with both David Chase (The Sopranos) and David Milch (Deadwood), the status of the Criminal Justice pilot and why they think it’s best to recast the role James Gandolfini played, the possibility of a second season for Family Tree and a third season for The Newsroom, the half-hour series about high school life that they’re developing with Danny McBride and Jody Hill, and that they are no longer moving ahead with a Transporter series at Cinemax.  Check out what they had to say after the jump.

Paul Greengrass in Talks to Direct Aaron Sorkin’s THE TRIAL OF THE CHICAGO 7

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Screenwriter Aaron Sorkin’s film about the 1968 Democratic National Convention may finally be coming to fruition.  Deadline reports that Paul Greengrass (The Bourne Supremacy, United 93) is in final talks to direct The Trial of the Chicago 7, which chronicles the trial surrounding seven defendants who were arrested following protests that took place in Chicago during the Democratic Convention in 1968.  Sorkin wrote the screenplay back in 2008 for director Steven Spielberg, with the intention that this would be Spielberg’s next “Oscar” film after wrapping Kingdom of the Crystal Skull. Sacha Baron Cohen was in line to play Abbie Hoffman in the pic and Spielberg was considering Will Smith, Heath Ledger, Kevin Spacey, and Philip Seymour Hoffman for other roles, but after multiple delays due to the Writers Strike and the Screen Actors Guild strike, Spielberg eventually dropped the project.

Now it appears that Chicago 7 is finally resurfacing, with the politically savvy Greengrass at the helm.  Hit the jump for more.

Sam Waterston Discusses His Comedic Work on THE NEWSROOM in Exclusive Bonus Feature from The Complete First Season DVD/Blu-ray

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Creator Aaron Sorkin’s HBO drama series The Newsroom returns for its second season next month, but the first season of the cable news-set show hits stores on Blu-ray and DVD soon, and we here at Collider are happy to share an exclusive clip from one of the bonus features included on the set.  In this clip from the bonus feature called “The Rundown,” Sorkin, Jeff Daniels, and Sam Waterston discuss Waterson’s wonderfully charming comedic performance as Charlie Skinner.  In the clip, Waterston admits that he never knows when Sorkin is writing Skinner drunk and when he’s writing him sober, so he has to decide just how loose to play Skinner in any given scene.

Hit the jump to watch the clip.  The Newsroom: The Complete First Season will be available on Blu-ray and DVD on June 11th, and the set also includes the full “The Rundown” roundtable interview feature, a behind-the-scenes look at the show’s sets, deleted scenes, audio commentaries, interviews with Sorkin about each episode, and more.  Season two of The Newsroom premieres on HBO July 14th.

First Teaser Trailer for BOARDWALK EMPIRE Season 4; Plus Two New Trailers for THE NEWSROOM Season 2

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HBO has unveiled some new trailers for the upcoming seasons of two of its original series.  First up, the debut teaser trailer for Boardwalk Empire season four gives us our first look at the new character played by Jeffrey Wright, Valentin Narcisse.  The character is described as “Doctor of Divinity, philanthropist, student of culture and the man who runs Harlem,” and it’s clear in this brief teaser that he may pose quite the threat to Steve Buscemi’s Nucky Thompson.  Wright’s character is a series regular for the new season, so expect to see plenty of Narcisse when Boardwalk Empire returns this fall.

Additionally, a couple of trailers for the upcoming second season of Aaron Sorkin’s drama series The Newsroom have landed online.  The most recent one is more of a “mood tease,” as we see dialogue-less behind-the-scenes glimpses of the show’s ensemble cast readying themselves to reprise their characters.  The second, longer trailer was actually unveiled a few weeks ago and features the cast and Sorkin talking about the season-long arc that will unfold this year.  The Newsroom season two premieres on HBO Sunday, July 14th.  Hit the jump to watch trailers for both series. 

Aaron Sorkin, Alan Poul, and Jeff Daniels Talk THE NEWSROOM Season 2, Responding to Critics, and More at PaleyFest

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Over the past 30 years, PaleyFest has held panel sessions and screenings that connect the worldwide community of television fans with the casts and creators of their favorite TV shows.  One of the drama series celebrated this year were the folks behind HBO’s The Newsroom, and Collider was there to get the updates on Season 2.

After giving a sneak peek at 10 minutes of the first episode of Season 2, airing sometime this summer, creator/writer/executive producer Aaron Sorkin, executive producer Alan Poul and actor Jeff Daniels spoke during the panel about why cable news was the right setting for this show, how much pressure it is to do a Sorkin monologue, how the show has polarized critics, and the unique way in which the show is shot, along with giving tidbits about the news stories they’ll be covering in the second season, more of the Don (Thomas Sadoski) and Sloan (Olivia Munn) relationship, and that Will McAvoy (Daniels) and MacKenzie McHale (Emily Mortimer) possibly getting together won’t kill the show.  Check out what they had to say after the jump.

Aaron Sorkin Reveals Unique Story Structure for Steve Jobs Biopic; Film Will Be Made Up of Three 30-Minute Scenes [Updated with Video]

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Much interest has surrounded Sony’s biopic of the late innovator Steve Jobs, but it now looks like we have a clear idea of what to expect when the film eventually hits theaters.  The Oscar-winning The Social Network scribe Aaron Sorkin has been tasked with crafting the screenplay for the adaptation of Walter Isaacson’s biography Steve Jobs, and he previously revealed that his film won’t be a straight biography “because it’s very difficult to shake the cradle-to-grave structure of a biography.”

Many assumed the eschewing of the cradle-to-grave structure meant that Sorkin’s film would focus on a short period of time in Jobs’ life, but now the West Wing creator has revealed that he’s got something wholly unique in mind for the film’s structure: three 30-minute scenes that will play out in real time.  Hit the jump for more. [Update: We've updated the article with video of Sorkin talking about the film.]

TV News: Patton Oswalt and Rosemarie DeWitt Join THE NEWSROOM; New Trailer and Poster for Fox Serial Killer Series THE FOLLOWING

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We’ve got a couple of TV news-related bits to share this afternoon.  First up, as production on the second season of Aaron Sorkin’s HBO series The Newsroom gears up, two welcome cast additions have been announced.  THR reports that Patton Oswalt and Rosemarie DeWitt (Mad Men) have been set in recurring roles for the show’s second season.  Oswalt wil be playing the new VP of Human Resources at the cable network Atlantic Cable News, while DeWitt is set as a litigator who is brought in to defend the network in a wrongful-termination lawsuit.

Hit the jump for more, including a new trailer and poster for the promising new Kevin Bacon-fronted Fox series The Following.

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