February 3, 2009
Sorkin penning Clooney’s ‘Challenge’
Hollywood's Warner Bros. studio has hired Aaron Sorkin to write
The Challenge, a military courtroom drama that George Clooney may star in and direct.
Sorkin is best known for creating the TV dramas
The West Wing and
Studio 60 on the Sunset Strip. He has also penned the movies
The American President,
A Few Good Men and
Charlie Wilson's War.
The Challengefor Clooney's Smoke House production company. Clooney is producing the movie with his Smoke House partner Grant Heslov and may direct it, as well.
The film is based on Jonathan Mahler's book
The Challenge: Hamdan v. Rumsfeld and the Fight Over Presidential Power. It is about how U.S. Navy attorney Charles Swift and Georgetown University law professor Neal Katyal fought to get a fair trial for Osama bin Laden's driver, Salim Hamdan, who had been held at the U.S. military detention facility at Guantanamo Bay, Cuba, for five years, the entertainment industry trade newspaper said.
Clooney reportedly is considering taking the Swift role.