The West Wing creator Aaron Sorkin is to adapt George Crile's real-lifeMujahideen tale Charlie Wilson's War for Tom Hanks and Gary Goetzman's Playtone and UniversalPictures.

Charlie Wilson's War recounts the eponymous Texas Congressman's covert mission tofunnel arms to the Afghan rebels and help them fight the Soviet army in the1980s, a move that arguably contributed to the eventual collapse of the SovietUnion.

Hanks and Goetzman will produce the picture, while Universal'svice president of production Damien Saccani and creative executive Megan Gerardwill oversee the project for the studio.

Sorkin'stheatrical screenwriting credits include A Few Good Men, The AmericanPresident and Malice.