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22nd August 2008 Charles J. Brown
10:38 am

You’ve Been SorConned


The Onion strikes again:

On day two of the 2008 San Diego SorCon, the biggest Aaron Sorkin convention in the world, screenwriter and producer Aaron Sorkin revealed plans for his next project, an animated continuation of his most popular franchise, The West Wing.

“I’m excited to bring my Emmy Award–winning writing to the field of animation,” Sorkin said in a speech before approximately 30,000 screaming fans, many of whom were dressed up in the business-suit costumes of their favorite Sorkin characters. “The costs of live-action production restricted me to a set only slightly larger than the actual White House and an ensemble cast of under 15 actors. But animation technology will enable us to provide fans with extended 40-minute walk-and-talks, digitally compressed dialogue for faster delivery, and a cast of over 70 main characters. My vision will finally be presented in its truest, most uncompromised form.”

The new project, which was rumored in the Aaron Sorkin press in the days running up to SorCon but unconfirmed until yesterday’s announcement, marks Sorkin’s first television project since 2006’s Studio 60 On The Sunset Strip, which was canceled after only one season. The new show, tentatively titled The West Wing: The Santos Administration. . . .

Following his speech, Sorkin screened a four-minute clip from the pilot episode of The West Wing: The Santos Administration and explained the premise behind the new show. Beginning about two years after the last episode of the original series, the animated version focuses on President Matt Santos as he deals with his party’s crushing defeat in the midterm elections and his advisers struggle with the death of President Jed Bartlet, who has finally succumbed to complications from multiple sclerosis. The pilot ends, Sorkin said, with a 15-minute speech from President Santos about holding unpopular ideals.

I have to admit that I was a West Wing junkie.  Molly used to leave the house when I watched it because it always made me nostalgic for the Clinton Administration (no small feat, even in the Bush years).  So while part of me laughed, there was a tiny little voice inside that also said. . .”OMG that would be so great.  He totally should do it!”

Heh.

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