How Aaron Sorkin (SHS '95) ignored his own doubts to write a new ‘To Kill a Mockingbird

Aaron Sorkin gets that the question is a joke and, no, he responds, he didn’t tackle a stage version of “To Kill A Mockingbird” because “Gone With the Wind” wasn’t available.

“Scott Rudin called me about three years ago and said ‘I got something exciting I want to talk to you about,'” Sorkin said in a telephone interview. “Every time Scott starts a conversation with ‘I got something exciting,’ I end up being excited, too.”

And with good reason.

Sorkin, an award-winning screenwriter, and Rudin, an award-winning producer (he’s the first producer with an EGOT — an Emmy, Grammy, Oscar and Tony) have been successful in several collaborations — the films “The Social Network” and “Steve Jobs,” and the TV series “Newsroom.”

Rudin was excited because “after years of trying, he’d acquired stage rights to “To Kill a Mockingbird,” and he wanted Sorkin to write it.

Read the full interview here