Newsroom creator Aaron Sorkin. Photo: Getty Images
Hugh Jackman's Broadway production of Houdini may be slightly less magical with the exit of acclaimed writer Aaron Sorkin from the project.
Sorkin, best known for his work on The West Wing, A Few Good Men and The Social Network - which won him an Oscar for best adapted screenplay - has pulled out of the musical due to scheduling issues, according to industry website Deadline.com.
The screenwriter is currently writing the second series of his HBO creation The Newsroom, and is also busy penning a screenplay on Apple genius Steve Jobs for Sony Pictures based on the biography Steve Jobs by Walter Isaacson.
Sorkin's other commitments didn't give him enough time to finish the musical, which will star Australian actor Jackman as Harry Houdini, before its scheduled Broadway opening during the 2013-2014 season.
But Houdini's producers Scott Sanders and David Rockwell hope Houdini's magic won't be lost. While there is no replacement writer at this stage, they hope to continue working with Sorkin's initial concepts and ideas.
Stephen Schwartz, of Wicked fame, will write the production's music and lyrics.