Sunday, 24 January 2016

Aaron Sorkin making directorial debut with poker drama Molly's Game

It was announced last year that Aaron Sorkin (Steve Jobs) was set to craft an adaptation of Molly Bloom's memoir of life as a sports star turned poker magnate. Though he was only initially attached to pen the script, news now arrives via Variety that he has also signed to direct the film.

Producer Mark Gordon, who bought the rights to the book in the first place, is on board for this one alongside former Sony Pictures boss Amy Pascal. Molly's Game, subtitled From Hollywood's Elite To Wall Street's Billionaire Boys Club, My High-Stakes Adventure In The World Of Underground Poker, chronicles Bloom, whose story is a fascinating one. A world-class skier since she could walk, she became a nationally ranked business mogul at 21 while still excelling in college. She just missed out on joining the Olympic team upon graduating and took a year off to live in Los Angeles, choosing the unlikely path of waitressing. Thanks to her business acumen, she ended up making millions by running the world's most exclusive high stakes poker game for eight years before the FBI came calling.

There is no word on when shooting will start just yet, but Sorkin should certainly have the time to work on it this year.

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