Aaron Sorkin might be known to audiences for his whip-smart and pacy dialogue, but there's very little reason you'd ever think he'd move into the world of franchise comic-book movies and world-building, right?
In a recent interview at this year's CinemaCon, Sorkin revealed a particularly interesting bit of news that's frankly come as a shock to anyone who's seen any of his work in the past twenty years. "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."
Just to repeat, the guy who created The West Wing, wrote the screenplay for The Social Network, A Few Good Men and Steve Jobs is entertaining the possibility of working with Marvel and / or DC Comics' relevant cinematic universes. Wrap your head around that for a minute.
Quite honestly, it's incredibly hard to see how Sorkin's pacy and verbose dialogue would fit into the world of Marvel or DC, or any kind of modern blockbuster for that matter, but it seems as though Sorkin is will giving to a sporting chance. It's early days yet, of course, and there's a distinct possibility than nothing will ultimately come of this, but the thought of Aaron Sorkin writing the screenplay for a Superman or sketching the plot for Avengers 4 is kind of crazy.
"Auteur" directors aren't above trying their hand at commercial work, of course. Just look at MIchel Gondry's The Green Hornet. Wait, don't. That film was terrible. The point is that if Sorkin can bring something to the table, why not let him have a crack at it?
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