The Oscar winner will write the teleplay based on his 1989 Broadway play of the same name, which centres on a military lawyer defending three Marines on trial for murder.

The production will mark the first non-musical live event on America's NBC network, and it will follow the successes of The Sound of Music, Peter Pan and The Wiz. The duo behind those shows, Craig Zadan and Neil Meron, will executive produce A Few Good Men with Sorkin.

"I've been incredibly impressed watching NBC resurrect live musical theatre for television and I'm eager to team up with Craig and Neil to help bring live drama back as well," Sorkin said in a statement.

The original 1989 play starred Tom Hulce and Clark Gregg, and Sorkin later adapted his script for the blockbuster 1992 film, which featured Tom Cruise, Jack Nicholson and Demi Moore.

The film earned four Academy Award nominations, including Best Picture.

A Few Good Men is expected to air in early 2017.