Aaron Sorkin Takes Up “The Challenge”

“The West Wing” creator Aaron Sorkin is set to pen the courtroom drama “The Challenge” for George Clooney’s Smoke House productions and Warner Bros. Pictures reports Variety.

Based on Jonathan Mahler’s book, Clooney may direct and hopes to play Navy lawyer Charles Swift in the drama.

The story follows an effort by Swift and Georgetown University law professor Neal Katyal to ensure a fair trial for Osama bin Laden’s driver, Salim Hamdan, who’d been held at Guantanamo Bay for five years.

Instead of focusing on Hamdan himself, it will chart the dogged efforts of the two lawyers who sue the president because they feel the U.S. government has broken the law and violated the Constitution.

Captured in 2001 in Afghanistan, Hamdan was ultimately convicted and sentenced to 5 1/2 years by a military commission for providing material support to Al-Qaeda. He was cleared of the terrorism conspiracy charges that would have drawn a much longer sentence.

Clooney and his Smoke House partner Grant Heslov are producing.