While Ashton Kutcher’s portrayal as the turtleneck afficionado and tech leader Steve Jobs in Jobs: Get Inspired has been getting all the headlines, I think it’s about to get overshadowed by this bit of news. Sony has apparently also been developing a film of their own about the life of the Apple CEO, and they’ve got none other than multiple Award winning screenwriter Aaron Sorkin to provide the script for it.
It would seem that the white and chrome, simple yet elegant, rigourously tested and produced under questionable conditions in China gauntlet has just been thrown down.
Sorkin is an incredible writer with a knack for turning simple dialogue into the most exciting, edge of your seat stuff and with credits such as The Social Network, Moneyball, A Few Good Men, Charlie Wilson’s War and The West Wing (which he created), Sony could not have made a more high profile choice. He won’t be producing his own script though but rather adapting Walter Isaacson’s Steve Jobs biography, as this press release from Sony announced:
AARON SORKIN TO ADAPT “STEVE JOBS” FOR SONY PICTURES
–Film to be Based on Walter Isaacson’s Best Selling Biography of Late Apple Co-Founder-
CULVER CITY, Calif., May 15, 2012 – 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.
Published late last year, Steve Jobs was Amazon’s best-selling book of 2011. In addition, the biography ranked #1 among bestselling hardcover books by a 2:1 margin, with sales of 2,246,569 in 2011, according to Publisher’s Weekly.
Commenting on the announcement, Pascal said, “Steve Jobs’ story is unique: he was one of the most revolutionary and influential men not just of our time but of all time. There is no writer working in Hollywood today who is more capable of capturing such an extraordinary life for the screen than Aaron Sorkin; in his hands, we’re confident that the film will be everything that Jobs himself was: captivating, entertaining, and polarizing.”
AARON SORKIN won the Academy Award® for Best Adapted Screenplay for his work on The Social Network. His other screenplays includeMoneyball, Charlie Wilson’s War, The American President, Malice, and A Few Good Men. He has also acquired the motion picture rights to The Politician, the best-selling book by Andrew Young about the downfall of former Senator John Edwards. He will adapt the book and make his directorial debut with the film, which he will also produce. For television, Sorkin created “The West Wing,” “Sports Night,” and “Studio 60 on the Sunset Strip.” He is currently in production on the HBO series “The Newsroom,” which is scheduled to premiere on June 24, 2012. For the stage, Sorkin wrote “A Few Good Men” and “Making Movies”; he returned to Broadway in 2007 with “The Farnsworth Invention.” Sorkin will return to the theater and make his Broadway debut as a librettist with the 2013-2014 production of “Houdini.” Based on the life of legendary magician Harry Houdini, the musical will star Hugh Jackman and will feature music and lyrics by Oscar and Grammy winner Stephen Schwartz.
Love him or hate him, there’s no denying that Steve Jobs changed not just the state of technology but also the face of the world, and if there’s anybody that can truly give his story the proper service it needs, Sorkin is definitely it.
Last Updated: May 16, 2012