John Edwards Story Headed For The Big Screen

Aaron Sorkin, creator of The West Wing and The American President, has signed on to direct the screen adaptation of a tell-all biography about John Edwards:

Aaron Sorkin, best know for his work on NBC’S “The West Wing” and “The American President” has purchased the rights to Andrew Young’s explosive book about his time inside the John Edwards 2008 presidential campaign.

This will be Sorkin’s directorial debut, a role that he will play while also writing and producing the film, according to a report in

Young’s book, “The Politician: An Insider’s Account of John Edwards’s Pursuit of the Presidency and the Scandal That Brought Him Down,” delves into Edward’s relationship and subsequent child with campaign videographer Rielle Hunter.

There isn’t any good news in this for Edwards………

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  1. Brett says:

    That’s going to be a sad, sordid story.

    By the way, Young’s book is fascinating, not just for what it tells about John Edwards, but for how it depicts Young himself. The book could have been titled “Portrait of a Toadie”, and little would have been lost.

  2. Trumwill says:

    I once had an ex-girlfriend who, upon finding out that she inspired an unflattering character in a novel I was writing, that her ego was bigger than her self-esteem. It wouldn’t surprise me if the same were true of John Edwards. He’s never going to be president and even he probably realizes that by now. So… any publicity is good publicity?