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Aaron Sorkin to direct John Edwards film

'Social Network' scribe to adapt 'The Politician'

Aaron Sorkin — best known for creating “The West Wing” — will make his feature directorial debut with a John Edwards biopic.

Sorkin’s adapting and producing Andrew Young’s “The Politician: An Insider’s Account of John Edwards’s Pursuit of the Presidency and the Scandal That Brought Him Down.” Project’s not yet set up at a studio.

Young, a longtime Edwards aide, gained notoriety during the 2008 presidential primary when he admitted — then later recanted — an affair with Edwards’ mistress Rielle Hunter and claimed Edwards’ child from that relationship as his own.

Young’s book, released earlier this year, is Young’s account of his career with Edwards dating back to when Young volunteered for Edwards’ Senate campaign in 1998.

“This is a first-hand account of an extraordinary story filled with motivations, decisions and consequences that would have lit Shakespeare up,” Sorkin said. “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 penned the script for “The Social Network,” directed by David Fincher and due out from Sony on Oct. 1. Sorkin’s feature credits nclude “Charlie Wilson’s War,” “The American President” and “A Few Good Men.”

Sorkin and Young are repped by WME.

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