After writing a script about a somewhat dull if not disagreeable public figure for The Social Network, Aaron Sorkin will switch hats to direct a feature about another dull if not disagreeable public figure, John Edwards.
The untitled John Edwards biopic will be an adaptation of Andrew Young’s book The Politician: An Insider’s Account of John Edwards’s Pursuit of the Presidency and the Scandal That Brought Him Down. Or, The Politician.
Young was Edward’s closest aide since the beginning of Edward’s political career in the late eighties spanning until the 2008 presidential election. Young even vouched that he was the father of Rielle Hunter’s baby, not Edwards. (We all know how that ended up.)
Sounds juicy, but does anyone care about John Edwards anymore? We care enough to find his personal behavior repugnant but not enough to, say, direct a movie about it. Unless critics love it, it probably won’t do well in theatres. Everyone finds him at once too loathesome and too boring to give their twelve dollars.