Academy Award and Emmy Award winning writer Aaron Sorkin is meeting with Marvel and DC about potential movies.
At CinemaCon, Aaron Sorkin spoke with ComicBook (via Screen Rant) and stated that he has meetings set up with both Marvel and DC. Aaron Sorking is one of the best writers in the business having shows like The West Wing and Newsroom and movies such as A Few Good Men, Social Network, Moneyball and Steve Jobs under his belt. It is unknown whether either Marvel or DC have particular projects lined up for Sorkin or they’re simply testing the waters to see if he’s a good fit for the genre in general. Here’s what Sorkin said to ComicBook:
“I happen to have meetings coming up with both DC and Marvel. I have to go into these meetings and tell them as respectfully as I can that I’ve never read a comic book. It’s not that I don’t like them. It’s just that I’ve never been exposed to one. So, I’m hoping that somewhere in their library is a comic book character that I’m gonna love and I’m gonna wanna go back and start reading from the first issue on.”
I’m a huge fan of the superhero/comic book genre and grew up loving many of the characters who are now populating the biggest movies of the year. That said, superhero films run the risk of growing stale if the studios don’t start finding new ways of telling similar stories. There have been several respected people in Hollywood who have put a ticking clock on the genre, stating we’re reaching the point of “superhero fatigue”. Having someone like Sorkin, one of the most respected writing voices in the industry and someone who is not particularly a fanboy of the genre, take a crack at a superhero property could be just what the doctor ordered.
Despite my love of Sorkin and superheros in general, his “walk and talk”, character driven style of writing on face value does not appear conducive to films typically noted for their action and spectacle. It would certainly be a giant leap outside of his comfort zone, but a risk I’m certain both Marvel and DC are willing to take on a writer with a track record like Sorkin. And there’s no word on whether either studio is even looking for him to write a film screenplay. He certainly has a strong background in television and may be more attracted to the prospect of writing for a hero in the more drawn out, episodic medium.
What do you think about the possibility of Aaron Sorkin writing a screenplay for a comic book property? Are their any characters or storylines that you feel he would be perfect for? I will keep you posted on any further news I hear about this story.