The latest project from Aaron Sorkin, the prolific TV creator, screenwriter and film producer behind “The West Wing” and “The Social Network,” has shut down during pre-production. Variety reports that Amblin Entertainment put a hold on the feature film “The Trial of the Chicago 7,” which had been close to moving into production.
“Sources say Sorkin is focusing on his play ‘To Kill a Mockingbird,’ which opens Thursday, while the studio figures out how to move forward on the film,” Variety reports.
Amblin released a statement today saying: “Aaron just adapted ‘To Kill a Mockingbird,’ which is premiering on Broadway this Thursday. He is currently evaluating his schedule and commitments to determine the best time and way to make ‘The Trial of the Chicago 7.’ Amblin remains involved as a producer.”
Variety adds: “Amblin had been trying to get the film into production for more than a decade, with Paul Greengrass and even Amblin CEO Steven Spielberg all boarding as directors at one point.”
The studio had reportedly signed Eddie Redmayne, Sacha Baron Cohen and Jonathan Majors to star in the movie.