Aaron Sorkin’s ‘Trial Of The Chicago 7’ Put On Pause

The Oscar-winning screenwriter of The Social Network recently adapted Harper Lee's To Kill a Mockingbird for the stage after a legal battle with Lee's estate and the play is generating strong buzz. The cast is signed for a year's run.
Aaron Sorkin's Trial Of Chicago 7 is not moving forward with its February 2019 production start.
Deadline heard that the production had been courting numerous other big stars, including Michael Keaton, who Sorkin was coveting for the role of William Kunstler. The cast in Trial of the Chicago 7 includes Sacha Baron Cohen as Abbie Hoffman, Eddie Redmayne as Tom Hayden, and Jonathan Majors as Black Panther co-founder Bobby Seale.
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He is currently evaluating his schedule and commitments to determine the best time and way to make The Trial of the Chicago 7. "Aaron just adapted To Kill A Mockingbird which is premiering on Broadway this Thursday. Amblin remains involved as a producer."
Variety first reported the news.
Baron Cohen was always a top choice for Spielberg to play Yippie co-founder and Steal This Book author Hoffman. Amblin had been trying to make Trial of Chicago 7 for more than ten years with such filmmakers as Steven Spielberg and Paul Greengrass. We hear the project means a lot to Sorkin and he's trying to figure out his schedule so he can direct.
Sorkin’s Chicago 7, which Sorkin was also writing in addition to directing, centered around the infamous 1969 trial of seven defendants charged by the federal government with conspiracy and more, arising from the counterculture protests in Chicago at the 1968 Democratic National Convention. Marc Platt is also producing. government. The trial transfixed the nation and sparked a conversation about mayhem intended to undermine the U.S.
There are reports that it was due to budgetary concerns, but Amblin says it's more about scheduling with Sorkin focusing on To Kill a Mockingbird which opens on Broadway at the Shubert Theatre tomorrow night. The studio released the following statement:

‘Trial Of The Chicago 7’ Movie Ramps Up Again With Aaron Sorkin & Sacha Baron Cohen

Sorkin, who created the political drama series The West Wing, had penned the original screenplay more than a decade ago, and at one point Steven Spielberg was planning to direct until the writers strike hit. Later, Paul Greengrass was attached to helm, but he fell out in 2013 (he directed Captain Phillips instead).
Others involved in the trial that became household names during the tumultuous political period include Black Panther Bobby Seale, Tom Hayden and civil rights attorney William Kunstler. Baron Cohen was in the mix to play Abbie Hoffman as far back as when Spielberg planned to direct, Deadline reported at the time (Scott Rudin was attached to produce originally; Marc Platt is aboard now).
Aaron Sorkin is attached to direct and Sacha Baron Cohen is in early talks to star in The Trial of the Chicago 7, a long-in-the-works feature film from Amblin Entertainment, Deadline has confirmed. The movie is based on the 1969 federal conspiracy trial stemming from the cops-vs-protesters riots at the 1968 Democratic National Convention in Chicago that captivated an already divided nation.
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Sorkin made his feature film directorial debut last year with Molly's Game. Baron Cohen just wrapped a season of Showtime's stinging docuseries Who Is America?