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Monday's Connector: Aaron Sorkin

October 5th, 2010
01:43 PM ET

Aaron Sorkin is one of Hollywood's most celebrated and critically acclaimed screenwriters and producers.

Aaron Sorkin is your Connector of the Day
Aaron Sorkin is your Connector of the Day

The man behind some of the world's most ubiquitous political dramas including "A Few Good Men" and the "American President", Sorkin is also well known for his work as the creator of the "West Wing."

Sorkin who attended Syracuse University in 1979, initially wanted to train and work as an actor, but after an early setback, Sorkin decided that screenwriting would be the path to take.

After a few off broadway plays, Sorkin's first big hit was with a military drama called "A Few Good Man" which debuted to rave reviews on Broadway.

Sorkin went on to sell the film rights to the play and in 1992 the story was turned into a Hollywood blockbuster starring Tom Cruise and Jack Nicholson.

But perhaps Sorkin's biggest hit was with the television drama called the "West Wing" which chronicled the life of a fictional U.S. president.

The show ran from 1999 to 2006 and won a total of 27 Emmy awards and three Golden Globes.

In 2006, Sorkin returned to television with the NBC series "Studio 60 on the Sunset Strip." Despite receiving critical praise, the show was only on air for one season.

Today though, Sorkin is out with a highly anticipated film called the "Social Network" which tracks the early beginnings of the billion dollar company, Facebook.

The film has already earned high praise and is being touted as an early Oscar contender. The movie also opened at number one in the U.S. box office this past weekend.

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  1. Jurgen R. Brul

    Hello Aaron Benjamin Sorkin and CNN friends,

    I would like an answer from Aaron Benjamin Sorkin on the following questions:

    – Why is your latest work called the Social Network instead of Facebook the movie?

    – When will write and or produces a movie about Connect the World?

    – What can we expect from you in 2010?

    I am awaiting Aaron Benjamin Sorkin’s replies.

    Greetings,
    Jurgen R. Brul
    Hometown: Paramaribo
    Country: Suriname

    October 5, 2010 at 3:41 pm | Reply
  2. Jurgen R. Brul

    Hello Aaron Benjamin Sorkin and CNN friends,

    I would like an answer from Aaron Benjamin Sorkin on the following questions:

    – Why is your latest work called the Social Network instead of Facebook the movie?

    – When will you write and or produces a movie about Connect the World?

    – What can we expect from you in 2010?

    I am awaiting Aaron Benjamin Sorkin’s replies.

    Greetings,
    Jurgen R. Brul
    Hometown: Paramaribo
    Country: Suriname

    October 5, 2010 at 4:14 pm | Reply
  3. Grace H.

    Mr. Sorkin,

    Do you think we learn more from our successes or our failures?

    Is there any advice you wish someone had given you at the beginning of your writing career?

    What, if anything, scares you the most about our increasingly connected world?

    Thanks for your time and thoughts,
    Grace in New York

    October 6, 2010 at 12:59 pm | Reply
  4. Andrea

    Hello Aaron,

    Sorry in advance for such a broad question, but what is your advice for turning a true and extremely complex story into a compelling feature? FYI I saw "The Social Network" and loved it – especially for it's quiet nuances. You deserve an Oscar for the screenplay.

    Thanks!

    Andrea in Brooklyn

    October 6, 2010 at 2:09 pm | Reply
  5. Hakim

    Dear Aaron
    firstly, i just wanted to say that "west wing" has imapcted so many of us here in the arab world by providing us with a rare window on the internal American politics and gave us a clear understanding of how the greatest Democartic system in the world works, so please accept our gratitude.
    my question is:
    how did you come up with the "west wing" idea? and why did you stop writing for the series after the fourth series?...the difference in the story line was highly notable.

    thank you

    Hakim
    a syrian residing in UAE

    October 6, 2010 at 3:59 pm | Reply
  6. Kevin Quail

    Why? The only thing I can imagine being more of a waste of time than Facebook is a movie ABOUT Facebook. Or Twitter.

    October 6, 2010 at 4:53 pm | Reply
  7. Andrea

    To Kevin Quail,

    Small minded man, were you to have seen the film you would know that it is not a movie about Facebook but rather a character study of the world's youngest billionaire and the relationships that define him. Ever heard of the American Dream? Clearly you prefer to spend your time wasting it on hateful commentary than on actual fact. Get a life.

    To Aaron,

    Sorry you had to waste your time reading Kevin's comment.

    Best,

    Andrea in Brooklyn

    October 6, 2010 at 10:13 pm | Reply
  8. Emmanuel

    Mr Aaron,How can 1 put a true life story into a script?

    October 7, 2010 at 3:47 pm | Reply
  9. Kamorudeen

    Kudos to u keep doin wat u know best doin. But if i may ask wat is d film goin 2 look like i mean d theme & wat can we (public) benefit frm d film.

    October 7, 2010 at 3:50 pm | Reply
  10. macdonald ukah, NIGERIA

    Aaron, I just read your profile for the 1st time and I'm hugely impressed. Alongside Fox's 24, the West Wing is in my opinion, the best ever television drama series produced anywhere in the world. Looking forward to seeing Social Network soonest. Thumbs up, Aaron.

    October 7, 2010 at 5:44 pm | Reply
  11. www.twitter.com/hlmelsaid

    how could screen writers support moralities,principal values and common human principals at their work.

    October 11, 2010 at 4:03 pm | Reply
  12. www.twitter.com/hlmelsaid

    how could the screen writers must call for respect,co-operation and peaceful deal between all nations,faiths at our recent world.

    October 11, 2010 at 4:05 pm | Reply
  13. andreia lee

    how much of the social network was true? How much creative license did you take?

    October 11, 2010 at 4:43 pm | Reply
  14. connecttheworld.blogs.cnn.com

    Future connector aaron sorkin.. I like it 🙂

    April 18, 2011 at 3:27 am | Reply

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