Sorkin's Farnsworth Invention to Broadway
Playbill.com is reporting that Aaron Sorkin's new play, The Farnsworth Invention, will--as expected--transfer to Broadway in October. The play had a successful workshop production at the La Jolla Playhouse last February.
The Farnsworth Invention concerns the battle for the patent for the invention of the television set. The race pitted a young genius, Philo T. Farnsworth, who came up with the idea as a high school student, against David Sarnoff, the head of the Radio Corporation of America (RCA).Sorkin wrote Farnsworth as a play after he and his TV partner Tommy Schlamme were unable to get the project off the ground as a feature film. Steven Spielberg will co-produce the Broadway produciton (after a *rumored* investment of $20 million). Spielberg's involvement suggests Farnsworth may end up taking the "Few Good Men" route to the silver screen.
Which is fine--Just keep Demi Moore (not to mention, Amanda Peet) away from it!
Meanwhile, Sorkin wrote the screenplay for (my beloved) Mike Nichols' latest film, Charlie Wilson's War. Tom Hanks, Philip Seymour Hoffman, and Julia Roberts star. It bows on Christmas Day. Sorkin will almost certainly receive an Oscar nomination for best adapted screenplay.
So, for those lamenting the loss of Studio 60--which, naturally, has been really clicking in the final pod of episodes (currently being burned off by NBC on Thursday nights at 10)--Don't. At least not on his behalf. Sorkin's doing just fine.
Previously... Studio 60 Has Been Cancelled