Aaron Sorkin Suggests ‘West Wing’ Reboot With Sterling K Brown as President



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Aaron Sorkin says he has a “standing offer” from NBC to reboot “The West Wing,” but the lauded screenwriter and creator of the hit show that aired from 1999 to 2006 says he has no interest in adapting the Trump White House for television.
In an interview with The Hollywood Reporter published on Wednesday, the “Molly’s Game” director called the president “a really dumb guy with an observable psychiatric disorder,” and that’s not a character he’s interested in putting onscreen.
But Sorkin has kicked around ideas for a reboot, and his preferred premise involves Sterling K. Brown, the Emmy-winning star of NBC’s “This Is Us” as president.
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“There’s some kind of jam, an emergency, a very delicate situation involving the threat of war or something, and [President] Bartlet [played by Martin Sheen], long since retired, is consulted in the way that Bill Clinton used to consult with Nixon,” Sorkin told THR, noting that he hasn’t quite figured out how he would incorporate other returning characters.
The idea of a “West Wing” reboot has been tossed around for a while, and NBC boss Bob Greenblatt revealed in August that it was among the list of shows the network was eyeing for a potential reboot following this fall’s revival of “Will & Grace.”
And Sorkin isn’t the only one with ideas. “Ballers” star Richard Schiff hinted earlier this year that he ran a concept past the creator that would change the location of the political drama, saying that Sorking liked it “a lot.”

Sunday marks 15 years since 9/11, and Hollywood has struggled all that time with how to address it. Here’s how 19 films and TV shows tried to tell stories tied to Sept. 11, 2001.

“South Park” (2001)
The first episode of the always topical dark comedy to air after 9/11 revolved around America’s invasion of Afghanistan.
Comedy Central

“The West Wing” (2001)
Creator and showrunner Aaron Sorkin wrote this special episode, about a fictional terrorist attack, and it aired just three weeks after the attacks.
NBC

“Law & Order”
The 9/11 attacks occurred during Season 12 of the long-running drama, and several later episodes revolved around it, including one episode where a woman’s remains were dumped at Ground Zero in order to cover up a murder.
NBC

“24” (2001)
Shot a few months before the attacks, the Fox spy thriller became more timely and relevant than it ever intended to be. 
Fox

“Third Watch” (2001)
This drama about New York City’s first responders remembered 9/11 with a non-fiction episode, followed by two episodes putting its main characters directly in the aftermath of 9/11.
NBC

“25th Hour” (2002)
Spike Lee’s drama, featuring a pivotal scene within sight of Ground Zero, was the first major film to confront 9/11. It premiered in December 2002.
Disney

“Rescue Me” (2004)
The Dennis Leary dramedy focuses on a firefighter who lost his best friend in the 9/11 attacks. The events of that day would reverberate through the entire series.
FX

“Tiger Cruise” (2004)
This Disney Channel original movie saw Hayden Panettiere’s character dealing with the events of 9/11 as they happened, while on a cruise with military members and their families.
Disney Channel

“United 93” (2006)
Paul Greengrass took a straight, fact-based approach to tell the story of the passengers who tried to take back the plane.
Universal

“World Trade Center” (2006)
Oliver Stone’s drama portrayed the events of 9/11 from the perspective of first responders.
Paramount

“Reign Over Me” (2007)
Adam Sandler played a man struggling five years after the 9/11 attacks killed his wife and daughter.
Sony

“Postal” (2007)
Uew Boll’s crass comedy opened with a scene joking about fictional 9/11 hijackers – suggesting that they flew into the North Tower of the World Trade Center by accident.
Vivendi

“Harold & Kumar Escape From Guantanamo Bay” (2008)
The comedy threequel followed the best friends as they’re detained and sent to Guantanamo Bay, after a paranoid fellow plane passenger mistakes Kumar’s bong for a bomb.
New Line

“Fringe”  (2009)
The season one finale of the sci-fi drama featured an alternate world, where the 9/11 attacks hit the White House instead of the Twin Towers.
Fox

“Julie and Julia” (2009)
Set in 2002, Amy Adams’ character Julie starts cooking as a way to get away from her stressful day job of fielding calls from 9/11 victims during the rebuilding of the World Trade Center.
Sony

“Remember Me” (2010)
The Robert Pattinson drama had a twist ending that culminated in the 9/11 attacks. Many people found it an odd fit.
Summit

“Dear John” (2010)
This Nicholas Sparks adaptation starring Channing Tatum and Amanda Seyfried featured flashbacks that saw one character re-enlist in the army due to the 9/11 attacks.
Sony

“Extremely Loud and Incredibly Close” (2011)
Stephen Daldry’s adaptation of the Jonathan Safron Foer novel followed a kid who lost his father in the 9/11 attacks.
Warner Bros

“Homeland” (2011)
Set in a distinctly post-9/11 world, the series started off mirroring the themes of paranoia and terrorist threats present in the US in the years following the attacks.
Showtime

“The Reluctant Fundamentalist” (2012)
Mira Nair’s thriller is based on Mohsin Hamid’s novel about a Pakistani man (Riz Ahmed) who’s a rising star on Wall Street until 9/11 upends both his career and his personal life as he becomes the subject of suspicion.

“9/11” (2017)
Charlie Sheen, Gina Gershon and Whoopi Goldberg star in a flawed adaptation of a play called “Elevator” about people trapped in the World Trade Center that fateful day, but it never becomes the tacky exploitation exercise that you might expect.

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From “United 93” to special episodes of “The West Wing” and “Law & Order,” here’s how Hollywood has portrayed the terrorist attacks on screen

Sunday marks 15 years since 9/11, and Hollywood has struggled all that time with how to address it. Here’s how 19 films and TV shows tried to tell stories tied to Sept. 11, 2001.

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