To Kill a Mockingbird: Aaron Sorkin to Adapt Harper Lee’s Iconic Novel for New Broadway Production

Oscar winning scribe Aaron Sorkin (Social Network) will write a new stage adaptation of To Kill a Mockingbord for Broadway during the 2017-2018 season.

Bartlett Sher wil direct the show, to be produced by Scott Rudin.

Sorkin and Rudin have worked together previously on the films Steve Jobs, currently up for acting Oscars for Michael Fassbender and Kate Winslet, and The Social Network.

Sher directed the current Broadway revivals of The King and I and Fiddler on the Roof, and won a Tony for his 2008 staging of South Pacific.

Harper Lee’s 1960 novel To Kill a Mockingbird centers on the lawyer Atticus Finch and his two children, their mysterious neighbor Boo Radley, and a racially charged trial in which Finch is the defense attorney.

The novel, set in 1930s Alabama, has spawned a well-known 1962 film version starring Gregory Peck as well as prior stage adaptations.

To Kill a Mockingbird made the news last year when Go Set a Watchman, a related novel Lee wrote before Mockingbird, was published and cast some of the events portrayed in Mockingbird in a surprising light.