Aaron Sorkin reveals To Kill A Mockingbird will NOT return to Broadway, citing producer Scott Rudin

Writer Aaron Sorkin reveals To Kill A Mockingbird will NOT return to Broadway, and claims disgraced producer Scott Rudin ‘stopped the play from reopening’

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Aaron Sorkin has revealed that his To Kill A Mockingbird play will not return to Broadway and has cited disgraced producer Scott Rudin as the main cause.

The Academy Award winner, 61, opened up about the play’s untimely end in an email shared by The New York Times.

In the message that Sorkin and director Bartlett Sher sent out to the show’s cast and crew, they wrote, ‘At the last moment, Scott [Rudin] reinserted himself as producer and for reasons which are, frankly, incomprehensible to us both, he stopped the play from reopening.’

Blame: Aaron Sorkin said his To Kill a Mockingbird play will not return to Broadway, citing disgraced producer Scott Rudin as a main cause of its end (pictured 2021)

Blame: Aaron Sorkin said his To Kill a Mockingbird play will not return to Broadway, citing disgraced producer Scott Rudin as a main cause of its end (pictured 2021)

Rudin, who started facing abuse allegations back in 2021 by a number of past employees, responded to the Molly’s Game director’s comments with a statement of his own. 

‘The reason I opted not to bring back TKAM has to do with my lack of confidence in the climate for plays next winter. I do not believe that a remount of Mockingbird would have been competitive in the marketplace.’ 

He continued, ‘It’s too risky and the downside is too great. I’m sorry you’re disappointed. It’s the right decision for the long life of the show.’

Response: Rudin, who started facing abuse allegations back in 2021 by a number of past employees, responded to the Molly's Game director's comments with a statement of his own (pictured 2003)

Response: Rudin, who started facing abuse allegations back in 2021 by a number of past employees, responded to the Molly’s Game director’s comments with a statement of his own (pictured 2003)

Broadway show: The play, adapted from the best-selling 1960 novel and critically-acclaimed 1962 film, opened on Broadway back in 2018 (pictured opening night December 2018)

Broadway show: The play, adapted from the best-selling 1960 novel and critically-acclaimed 1962 film, opened on Broadway back in 2018 (pictured opening night December 2018)

The play, adapted from the best-selling 1960 novel and critically-acclaimed 1962 film, opened on Broadway back in 2018. 

It returned to Broadway at the end of 2021 though it shut down in January of this year amid a COVID-19 resurgence on Broadway. 

It was supposed to reopen on June 1 though that ultimately didn’t happen. It is however experiencing a national tour headlined by Emmy winner Richard Thomas.  

Opening and shutting: It returned to Broadway at the end of 2021 though it shut down in January of this year amid a COVID-19 resurgence on Broadway

Opening and shutting: It returned to Broadway at the end of 2021 though it shut down in January of this year amid a COVID-19 resurgence on Broadway 

Portrayal: The Newsroom actor Jeff Daniels portrayed Atticus Finch on the show during its original run and again in the fall (pictured 2018)

Portrayal: The Newsroom actor Jeff Daniels portrayed Atticus Finch on the show during its original run and again in the fall (pictured 2018)

The Newsroom actor Jeff Daniels portrayed Atticus Finch on the show during its original run and again in the fall. 

To Kill a Mockingbird was embattled throughout its run, dealing with multiple legal disputes including one with TKAM writer Harper Lee’s estate. 

It was then shut down for for more than 18 months because of the COVID-19 pandemic. 

As Good as It Gets actor Greg Kinnear was set to take on the role when the show reopened in June.   

Robbed of a role: As Good as It Gets actor Greg Kinnear was set to take on the role when the show reopened (pictured February 2022)

Robbed of a role: As Good as It Gets actor Greg Kinnear was set to take on the role when the show reopened (pictured February 2022)

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