Oscar-winner Aaron Sorkin has been hard at work over the last few months on a new television show centered around the high-profile, high-controversy, world of cable news. That work has paid off as HBO has ordered an initial season of More As This Story Develops.
The new show will star Jeff Daniels (SPEED, Good Night and good Luck) as a divisive Bill O’Reilly-style talk show host on a major cable news network and Emily Mortimer as his no-nonsense stage manager. Other notable players include Allison Pill (Scott Pilgrim vs The World), Olivia Munn (Perfect Couples) and Slumdog Millionaire star Dev Patel.
More As This Story Develops (a tentative title, as of now) will be Sorkin’s first TV project since Studio 60 on the Sunset Strip ended in 2007. Since then, he’s gained worldwide acclaim and a Best Writing Oscar for his work on The Social Network. Moneyball, which hits theaters on September 23rd, was also penned by the prolific writer.
West Wing fans missing their political fix should be well-pleased at the news. The acclaimed Sorkin series (set in a fictional White House administration) gained prominence for its portrayal of a fast-paced, stressed, United States president (Martin Sheen) and his staff. More As This Story Develops will likely touch on many of the same topics, approaching them from the perspective of an American media machine that has grown more divisive and sensational over the last few years.
Sorkin’s new project stars Jeff Daniels and Emily Mortimer
Sorkin will write and produce the new series, leaving directing duties to Greg Mottola (Arrested Development, Superbad), at least for the first episode. Sorkin prepared for the show by spending time with real-world news pundits Keith Olbermann and Chris Matthews.
The new series is the latest in a long line of politically-charged projects created for HBO. In 2008, the premium cable network produced Recount, a dramatic version of the events following the 2000 Bush-Gore election. This year they produced Too Big To Fail, chronicling the Treasury Department and Leihman Brothers’ roles in the financial meltdown. And of course, HBO has its own firebrand news commenter in Real Time With Bill Maher. All three projects have met with critical success and sharp denouncements from some political circles.
More As This Story Develops doesn’t have a premiere date or episode number available as of yet. We’ll bring you more… as it develops.
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Source: The Hollywood Reporter
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