Sorkin’s Chicago 7 gets Greengrass greenlight

The West Wing is quite easily the most brilliant television drama ever produced. Aaron Sorkin is a genius scribe, a modern day Hemingway. So the news that his latest project The Trial of the Chicago 7 will be resurrected is fantastic.

Steven Spielberg was originally drafted to produce the political thriller, which follows a group of seven defendants that were charged with various crimes following the protests at the 1968 Democratic National Convention. However, when he dropped out, it looked like the movie might stall. Until now, as it appears that, according to Production Weekly and Film School Rejects, Paul Greengrass (The Bourne Supremacy/United 93) is directing.

Sorkin + Greengrass = Awesome

The replacement of Spielberg with Paul Greengrass seems like a logical one, at least from the standpoint of scheduling. Greengrass appears to have a little bit more time, as he is already in post-production on his 2009 film with no other immediate projects to speak of, whereas Spielberg has a full boat. And of course, it being the weekend and all, it is going to be hard for us to get any confirmation on this — but don’t be surprised if you see a story in Variety sometime next week announcing Paul Greengrass as the new director of The Trial of the Chicago 7.

Source: Film School Rejects

Published in: on August 11, 2008 at 4:25 pm  Comments (2)  
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  1. I could not agree more. Sorkin is a genius- West Wing was brilliant as was the short lived Sunset 60 on the Sunset Strip, not to mention Sports Night. Glad to see this film being made! Would love to see Sorkin give TV another go soon, maybe with HBO in the States so it has a chance to make it through more than a season.

    Nice to have you back writing at DIS!


  2. Sean- Do watch Mad Men – it’s brilliant man- I was never big into West Wing- perhaps cuz I live over here- but Mad Men – now that show is amazin’ check it out. Nice one.


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