LOS ANGELES (Reuters) - Aaron Sorkin, creator of acclaimed TV drama “The West Wing,” has signed with DreamWorks Studios to write a screenplay about the sensational trial of the 1968 anti-war activists known as the Chicago Seven.
The film is part of a three-picture deal Sorkin just signed with DreamWorks, a unit of Viacom Inc.-owned Paramount Pictures, and is being developed as a potential directorial project for Oscar winner Steven Spielberg, the studio said on Thursday.
DreamWorks said the two other Sorkin projects would be announced later.
“The Trial of the Chicago 7” will focus on the high-profile conspiracy trials of anti-war protesters including Abbie Hoffman, Tom Hayden, Bobby Seale and David Dellinger, who were accused of inciting riots outside the 1968 Democratic National Convention.
The clashes between demonstrators and police, which an official commission later found were sparked by the authorities, became one of the defining events of that turbulent decade. The studio did not project when the film might be released.
In addition to creating and producing the Emmy-winning NBC political drama “The West Wing,” Sorkin has screenwriting credits on the hit films “A Few Good Men” and “The American President.”
Sorkin, who suffered a ratings flop with short-lived NBC drama “Studio 60 on the Sunset Strip,” recently wrote the screenplay for the political drama “Charlie Wilson’s War,” which is set for release in December starring Tom Hanks and Julia Roberts.