If you're looking for a screenwriter that can deliver a compelling story coupled with dialogue that's nothing short of sharp, engaging, and memorable, then look no further than Aaron Sorkin. The man behind acclaimed features such as A Few Good Men, The West Wing, and most recently The Social Network, has now officially been tapped to write the screenplay for an upcoming biopic on Apple co-founder Steve Jobs.
Academy Award winning screenwriter Aaron Sorkin will adapt Steve Jobs, a motion picture based on the best-selling biography of the legendary Apple co-founder by award-winning journalist Walter Isaacson, it was announced today by Amy Pascal, Co-Chairman of Sony Pictures Entertainment, and Doug Belgrad, President of Columbia Pictures. The project is being produced by Mark Gordon, Scott Rudin and Guymon Casady.
Shortly after Steve Jobs passed away, Sony Pictures paid an estimated $2-3 million for the exclusive film rights to Walter Isaacson's biography on Jobs. Since then, a number of reports noted that Sorkin was in negotiations with Sony to adapt the book into a film. Sorkin acknowledged that Sony was interested in getting him on board, but merely said that it was a project he was "strongly considering."
And now a few months later, the ink had dried and Sorkin will busy himself transforming one of the most compelling and controversial tech figures of our time into a character that will translate onto the movie screen. It's a tall task, to be sure, but Sorkin has as strong a track record as any. What's more, the brilliant job he did on The Social Network is all the proof one needs that Sorkin is exceedingly capable of capturing the essence and subtleties of complex characters, not to mention his ability to tackle stories that involve popular consumer technologies.
Now any portion of Jobs' life would certainly lend itself to a captivating screenplay, which is why it'll be interesting to see what periods of Jobs' life Sorkin will focus the majority of his story on. It also remains to be seen who will be chosen to play Jobs. Some names being tossed around include Noah Wyle (who previously portrayed Jobs) and George Clooney. Personally, I think Wyle would be a much better choice.
In any event, Sorkin's movie isn't the only biopic on Jobs in the works. Indeed, a completely separate film starring Ashton Kutcher as Steve Jobs, and based on a script from Matt Whiteley, just started production in early May. That film is tentatively titled Jobs: Get Inspired and TMZ over the weekend posted the first photos of Kutcher dressed up as Jobs, black turtleneck and all.