Aaron Sorkin — who wrote this year’s leading Adapted Screenplay contender “The Social Network” — took part in a roundtable of writers held by the Hollywood Reporter. He and fellow scribe Todd Phillips (“Due Date”) railed against the workings of the Writers Guild of America, all while union prexy John Wells (“The Company Men”) sat by silently. Wells had been executive producer on “The West Wing,” which Sorkin created in 1999.
Also witness to the scribe’s screed were two Oscar-winning writers — Michael Arndt (“Toy Story 3”) and Simon Beaufoy (“127 Hours”) — and Pulitzer champ David Lindsay-Abaire (“Rabbit Hole”).
Kyle Buchanan does a masterful job encapsulating the highlights of Sorkin’s lowdown on the guild, which included this wry observation: “I now will not get a WGA nomination, we can rule that out.” As Kyle notes, Sorkin’s biggest beefs with the WGA are its failings as a union, having to share credit, going on strike and negotiating better deals.
Photo: Aaron Sorkin at the New York Film Festival premiere of “The Social Network.”