Aaron Sorkin, creator of The West Wing and The Newsroom (and owner of the most puzzlingly tiny eye glasses in show business) is slated to write To Kill a Mockingbird on Broadway. But how will he manage to Sorkin it up and turn this time-honored classic about systemic racism and social injustice into a scathing commentary on millennials and modern-day media?

The LA Times reports:

Scott Rudin, the film and theater producer, has acquired the Broadway rights to the Harper Lee novel and has enlisted Sorkin, with whom he collaborated on The Social Network and Steve Jobs, to write the new play.

The announcement, which organizers made Wednesday morning, would mark the first time that an authorized version of “Mockingbird” would appear on Broadway. No casting information has been announced for the production, which will be directed by Bartlett Sher and open in the 2017-18 season.

I can see it now! Atticus as a middle age and genius fast-talking know-it-all with probity, Gem as a young and genius fast-talking know-it-all (also with probity), and Scout as—yes, perfect—a super hot, often helpless flake who we’ll call a “strong female character,” only because we’re still giving Sorkin credit for C.J. Cregg. Boo Radley can be played by Sam Waterston and Calpurnia can be played by Olivia Munn.

Wow, it’s like Hamilton, but better.

UPDATED: The post originally stated that Sorkin was directing, not writing the To Kill a Mockingbird adaptation. That was a stupid mistake. To quote this friendly correction email:

Hey dumbass. He’s writing not directing. Bartlett Sher is directing. Do you even read the news before you try to be funny?

No. And I’m not that funny.


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