Aaron Sorkin's 'The Trial of the Chicago 7' Picked Up by Netflix for $56 Million
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The drama film, which is based on real events surrounding the 1968 Democratic National Convention in Chicago, was originally set to debut in theaters in September before the COVID-19 shutdown.

AceShowbiz - Aaron Sorkin's star studded "The Trial of the Chicago 7" has been scooped up by bosses at Netflix in a massive $56 million (£44 million) deal.

The film was initially slated for a theatrical release before the coronavirus shutdown led to the closure of movie theaters across the globe.

Sorkin, who penned the scripts for TV's "The West Wing" and "The Social Network", for which he won an Academy Award, also serves as writer/director of the film which stars Yahya Abdul-Mateen II, Eddie Redmayne, Sacha Baron Cohen, Jeremy Strong, Joseph Gordon-Levitt, Alex Sharp, Mark Rylance, Michael Keaton, Frank Langella and John Carroll Lynch.

The drama is based on real events surrounding the 1968 Democratic National Convention in Chicago, Illinois, where a peaceful protest turned violent, leading the National Guard to be called. A number of activists were arrested during the incident and later charged with conspiracy to commit murder, prompting one of the most notorious trials in U.S. history.

"The Trial of the Chicago 7" was set to debut in theaters in September. Its Netflix premiere date has yet to be announced.

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