John Edwards Story To Get Hollywood Treatment

John Edwards’ rise and fall as a politician is set to become a movie. “The West Wing” creator Aaron Sorkin is set to take the director’s chair as he tries to bring to the big screen Edwards’ meteoric rise to political stardom and his equally meteoric fall from grace with the breakdown of his marriage due to infidelity.

Sorkin, whose writing credits include screenplays for “Charlie Wilson’s War,” “A Few Good Men,” and the-soon-to-be-released “The Social Network,” will base his film on the book “The Politician: An Insider’s Account of John Edwards’s Pursuit of the Presidency and the Scandal That Brought Him Down,” which was written by Edwards’ former aide, Andrew Young. Sorkin said he was grateful for the trust Young has given him. “There’s much more to Andrew’s book than what has been reported, and I’m grateful that he’s trusting me with it,” Sorkin said.

In 2008, Edwards, who was the Democratic vice-presidential candidate in 2004, admitted to having an affair with former campaign worker Rielle Hunter while his wife was fighting breast cancer. He later acknowledged that he was the father of Hunter’s child, Frances Quin, who was born in 2008.