D'Works pages Mr. Sorkin

Studio, scribe in three-film deal

Prolific television writer Aaron Sorkin, returning to the movies in a big way, has inked a three-picture deal with DreamWorks Studios.

Sorkin will write screenplays for DreamWorks, with the first "The Trial of the Chicago 7." DreamWorks principal Steven Spielberg and the team of Walter Parkes and Laurie MacDonald have been developing the project with Sorkin for the past six months as a potential Spielberg directing vehicle. Parkes and MacDonald will produce.

"Chicago 7" will focus on the trials of protesters at the 1968 Democratic convention in Chicago, where the clashes between demonstrators and police became a defining event of that decade.

Sorkin's two other projects were not revealed.

"The quality of his work speaks to the kind of movies we want to make here at DreamWorks, and we couldn't be happier to have him in our filmmaker family," DreamWorks CEO and co-chairman Stacey Snider said.

Sorkin has been receiving hosannas for his writing since his playwriting days, when he made his Broadway debut with "A Few Good Men." While he also wrote the screenplays for films "Malice" (1993) and "The American President" (1995), he made his biggest mark in television when he created "The West Wing." He also was the architect behind "Sports Night" and the recent "Studio 60 on the Sunset Strip."

Sorkin recently wrote the screenplay for "Charlie Wilson's War," which is scheduled for release in December, is directed by Mike Nichols and stars Tom Hanks and Julia Roberts. His play, "The Farnsworth Invention," about the advent of television, will debut in the fall on Broadway.

Sorkin is repped by Endeavor.