Aaron Sorkin to adapt Harper Lee's 'To Kill A Mockingbird' for Broadway

'To Kill a Mockingbird' and Other Iconic Books as Films
'To Kill a Mockingbird' and Other Iconic Books as Films

Aaron Sorkin is set to adapt Harper Lee's "To Kill A Mockingbird" for Broadway.

Scott Rudin, who acquired the rights, will produce the play. Barlett Sher, who won a Tony Award for his revival of the musical "South Pacific," is set to direct.

The show's Broadway debut is expected to come in time for the 2017-2018 season.

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"'To Kill a Mockingbird' is one of the most revered pieces of 20th century American literature," Sorkin told the New York Times. "It lives a little bit differently in everybody's imagination in the way a great novel ought to, and then along I come. I'm not the equal of Harper Lee. No one is."

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Rudin called "Mockingbird's" Atticus Finch "one of the greatest characters ever created in American literature."

The novel has sold more than 40 million copies, and its 1963 film adaptation took home three Academy Awards.

Sorkin won an Oscar in 2011 for adapting "The Social Network's" screenplay; the Facebook film was also a collaboration with Rudin. The "Moneyball" screenwriter also has a trophy case full of Emmys for TV's "The West Wing."