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Sony Pictures Looks to Aaron Sorkin to Script a Biopic on Steve Jobs

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October 24, 2011
Source: 24 Frames

Aaron Sorkin / Steve Jobs

Just two days after the sad passing of technological innovator Steve Jobs, Sony Pictures was quick to snap up the rights to a biography by Walter Isaacson simply titled Steve Jobs with the intention of crafting a definitive biopic on the Apple and Pixar co-founder. Now it sounds like some heavy writing talent will adapt the book for film as 24 Frames has learned that The Social Network and A Few Good Men screenwriter Aaron Sorkin is being courted to write the biopic. Apparently this isn't a done deal yet, but after his success writing the story of Mark Zuckerburg and his creation of Facebook, it just seems like the perfect fit.

This is an especially interesting element since one of the more interesting articles that surfaced after the passing of Jobs involved a conversation the Apple chief once had with Sorkin about writing a screenplay chronicling the founding of Pixar. The writer just didn't think he could pull it off since he couldn't "make inanimate objects talk." And since dialogue is very much a driving factor in all of Sorkin's work, that just doesn't work for the writer. While Sorkin would be a perfect fit for the material, it doesn't seem like it would have much different of a tone or structure than something like The Social Network, so perhaps he won't end up taking the job after all. However, this could give him the opportunity to write about Pixar without dedicating an entire film to the animation company. The Steve Jobs biopic is certainly a priority though, and if Sorkin doesn't come on board, you can expect another high profile writer to take the gig instead.

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  • Lebowski
    Turning the Jobs/Apple story into an entertaining and engaging film will be quite a trick. Sure, the starting bits in the garage with Woz will be great, but after Steve leaves Apple for NeXt and all the crap that follows - how does that make for exciting watching? Corporate maneuvering and industrial design do not an engaging narrative make. 
  • Cheezy C
    Stanley Tucci as Steve Jobs. it would be a great fit and huge for Tucci. Do you agree, Alex?

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