After decades of being showered with acclaim for his screenplays — from last year’s Steve Jobs to 2011’s Moneyball to 2010’s The Social Network to 2007’s Charlie Wilson’s War to 1995’s The American President and the list goes on — Aaron Sorkin has finally decided to give it a go behind the camera for his feature-film debut.
It’s a poker drama called Molly’s Game, based on Molly Bloom’s 2014 memoir, Molly’s Game: From Hollywood’s Elite to Wall Street’s Billionaire Boys Club, My High-Stakes Adventure in the World of Underground Poker, which Sorkin adapted alongside his Steve Jobs partner-in-crime Mark Gordon.
Here’s the book’s official synopsis:
“Molly Bloom reveals how she built one of the most exclusive, high-stakes underground poker games in the world—an insider’s story of excess and danger, glamour and greed.
In the late 2000s, Molly Bloom, a twentysomething petite brunette from Loveland Colorado, ran the highest stakes, most exclusive poker game Hollywood had ever seen—she was its mistress, its lion tamer, its agent, and its oxygen. Everyone wanted in, few were invited to play.
Hundreds of millions of dollars were won and lost at her table. Molly’s game became the game for those in the know—celebrities, business moguls, and millionaires. Molly staged her games in palatial suites with beautiful views and exquisite amenities. She flew privately, dined at exclusive restaurants, hobnobbed with the heads of Hollywood studios, was courted by handsome leading men, and was privy to the world’s most delicious gossip, until it all came crashing down around her.
Molly’s Game is a behind the scenes look at Molly’s game, the life she created, the life she lost, and what she learned in the process.”
Based on that lengthy summary, it’s likely we’ll have a tense, star-studded rollercoaster of a drama, oozing with whiplash dialogue and several shuffle ‘n’ talks. No idea on who will play Bloom, but if we’re dipping into Sorkin’s past, it could be anyone from Olivia Munn (very likely) to Kate Winslet (likely) to Allison Janney (not very likely).
What we do know, however, is that former Sony chief Amy Pascal will produce. That should make for some interesting meetings down the line, especially considering the film belongs to … you guessed it … Sony.