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.

Variety.com said Sorkin is writing The Challenge for 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.