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Molly’s Game The Movie Looking More Likely; Sorkin Allegedly Sleeping With Bloom

Hollywood news and gossip website, Defamer, has published a series of leaked e-mails from Sony Entertainment Productions (SEP) that seem to indicate it’s only a question of time, not when, “Molly’s Game: From Hollywood’s Elite to Wall Street’s Billionaire Boys Club, My High Stakes Adventure in the World of Underground Poker” will be turned into a movie production.

Now that’s a tongue twister.

It was back in November that the Hollywood Entertainment News website Deadline broke the news that Molly Bloom’s memoir could be heading to the silver screen. Television producer Mark Gordon, and Oscar-winning screenplay writer Aaron Sorkin, the tag team looking to take the challenge on.

And it is a challenge.

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The book’s characters are some of the most famous actors in Hollywood. One doubts that Ben Affleck, Leonardo DiCaprio, Matt Damon and Tobey Maguire will be pleased to have their shit laid out for all to see. Then you have the added complication that Maguire’s father-in-law is Ronald Meyer, chairman of NBC Universal – it’s certainly a hot potato – not to mention the complexities of casting mimics for some of the world’s most successful actors.

That hasn’t stopped Sorkin jumping into bed with the project – quite literally – if you believe the contents of the aforementioned leaked e-mails. In a volley of communication thrown between Sorkin and the chairman of the Motion Pictures Group of SPE, Amy Pascal – Pascal writes “I don’t care if Aaron is sleeping with the girl or not,” leading the press to believe that Sorkin’s research has gotten very detailed indeed.

The leaked e-mails portray a conflict of interest between Pascal and Sorkin over where his expensive time should be spent. Pascal wants him working on the adaptation of the Michael Lewis book “Flash Boys: A Wall Street Revolt,” whereas Sorkin is throwing his full weight around Molly’s Game.

“I don’t care if it’s a best seller, they are treating us like shit,” writes Pascal.

Pascal also makes an accusation that Sorkin is “broke” and just “wants to get paid.” Broke? How is that possible? Defamer also published a document that showed Sorkin getting paid $2m for his first draft of the Steve Jobs biopic, as well as $3m in deferred payments. I’m in the wrong job.

The e-mail chain shows that Paramount and 20th Century Fox are both interested in making Molly’s Game: The Movie, although Sorkin seems keen to keep his powder dry with Sony and in particular his relationship with Pascal.

It wasn’t only the future of Molly’s Game and Sorkin’s sexual preferences that were hung out for all and sundry to read. E-mails showing Pascal calling DiCaprio “actually despicable,” describing Angelina Jolie as a “spoiled brat,” and asking a colleague whether she should ask President Obama if “he liked the movie DJANGO?” – before reeling off several other movies about slavery – were also released to the general public.

The Daily Mail published an article indicating that a source informed them Pascal might be unemployed very soon.

We will keep you updated on the Molly’s Book movie project as and when we receive it.

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Lee Davy

Life can be viewed as the sum of the parts or the parts themselves. I believe in the holistic view of life, or the sum. When dealing with individual parts you develop whack-a-mole syndrome; each time you clobber one problem with your hammer another one just pops up.