Aaron Sorkin, Martin Scorsese Announce Big New Projects

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Frequent awards season favorites, Aaron Sorkin and Martin Scorsese, are both busy lining up exciting new projects, including a directorial debut for Sorkin.

Sorkin, who is best known for his Oscar buzz-worthy scripts for films such as “The Social Network,” “Moneyball” and “Steve Jobs,” is hopping into the director’s chair for the first time. Sorkin will make his directorial debut in “Molly’s Game.”

“Molly’s Game” is set to be based on a memoir of Molly Bloom, a skier who went to Los Angeles after her dreams of winning an Olympic medal were crushed. She ultimately went on to organize a ring of underground poker games for big Hollywood hitters such as Ben Affleck, Leonardo DiCaprio and Tobey Maguire, according to The Hollywood Reporter.

Sorkin, who is in talks of being nominated for an Oscar for his screenplay for “Steve Jobs,” was originally only set to write the script for the film, which is being based off of Bloom’s 2014 memoir titled “Molly’s Game: From Hollywood’s Elite to Wall Street’s Billionaire Boy’s Club, My High-Stakes Adventure in the World of Underground Poker.”

For his part, Scorsese, who is helming a new HBO show, “Vinyl,” as director and executive producer is also developing a biopic drama to be based on Byron Janis, the classical pianist, according to Variety. The biopic is to be developed by Paramount.

Scorsese is just signed on to be a producer for the film. Peter Glanz is penning the script, which will be based on Janis’ book “Chopin and Beyond: My Extraordinary Life in Music and the Paranormal.” Janis is famous for discovering lost Chopin manuscripts in 1967.

Scorsese has several upcoming directorial efforts, though, with the documentary “The 50 Year Argument,” “Sinatra” and “Silence,” starring “Star Wars: The Force Awakens’” stars Adam Driver, Liam Neeson and Andrew Garfield.

More information on these projects is sure to be underway, as casting for Sorkin’s “Molly’s Game” is set to start soon.