Aaron Sorkin to pen Sony’s ‘Steve Jobs’ screenplay based on Walter Isaacson bio

“Steve Jobs will come to life on screen courtesy of ‘The Social Network’ writer Aaron Sorkin, who is set to pen a movie about the Apple visionary, Sony Pictures announced Tuesday,” Fox News reports.

“The film will be based on the biography of Jobs written by Walter Isaacson and published following the technology guru’s death,” Fox News reports. “The Sorkin project is separate to an indie biopic called “Jobs,” which has Ashton Kutcher in the star role.”

Fox News reports, “Sorkin won an Academy Award for Best Adapted Screenplay for ‘The Social Network,’ which chronicled the founding of Facebook.”

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Borys Kit reports for The Hollywood Reporter, “Mark Gordon, Scott Rudin and Guymon Casady are producing the project. Sony reportedly paid $1 million for the rights to the biography, picking it up in October. The book was Amazon’s best-selling title of 2011 and, according to Publisher’s Weekly, 2.2 million copies were sold last year.”

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Kit reports, “Said Sony Pictures Entertainment co-chairman Amy Pascal in a statement: ‘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.'”

Kit writes, “By only setting a scribe now, Sony is clearly in no rush with its project, believing that pedigree will be one of its distinguishing factors.”

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[Thanks to MacDailyNews Readers “Fred Mertz,” “Lynn Weiler,” and “Carl H.” for the heads up.]

Related articles:
Aaron Sorkin ‘strongly considering’ writing screenplay for Sony’s Steve Jobs biopic – November 23, 2011
‘Steve Jobs’ bio becomes fastest-selling book since President George W. Bush’s ‘Decision Points’ – November 3, 2011
Sony Pictures acquires rights to Walter Isaacson’s Steve Jobs bio for major feature film – October 7, 2011


  1. [[ Kit writes, “By only setting a scribe now, Sony is clearly in no rush with its project, believing that pedigree will be one of its distinguishing factors.” }}

    Coming out of Hollywood, that would be different.

  2. There are few “scandalous” parts of the book for which Isaacson could not get any of Jobs’ comments/explanations.

    I wonder how those parts will be treated as gospel in order to create “more dramatic” feature.

  3. They should show Steve trashing 7 inch tablets interlaced with scenes of Apple engineers and designers secretly preparing the revolutionary iPad mini as one of his final tricks.

    1. Jobs was very specific about the reasons why smaller tablets are wane. It had to do with size of GUI elements. However, with Apple’s patents about dynamic scale up of GUI elements in the place to where user’s finger approaches, this issue would mostly go away.

      So Jobs was not contradictory to the idea of smaller tablets per se. The same happened before when Jobs denied not only rumours about PDA, but also about phones and tablets — he explained why those devices are lame only to come to those markets with much better devices.

  4. I loved the brief tribute George Lucas wrote after Steve’s passing. To me, it came across as genuine, interesting, full of empathy and between the lines understanding of the departed genius.

    World full of sensationalist writers, even his official biographer only had concentrated on his direct words and actions, never picking up between the lines.
    For instance, many a times he might be dismissive of an idea only to gauge how the others would defend it. It doesn’t mean, i.e., he doesn’t get the value of App store, or definition/importance of a platform, or how iTunes on Windows could be useful (Apple was able to cut deals with the Music industry in favourable terms early on, because iTunes was on a niche platform that is Mac, and was a low risk experiment at the time. Windows would be the logical next step for a music device support on the world’s most prevailing platform and Steve was hardly a dummy). It just that he didn’t feel the need to voice his true opinions all the time. He trusted his actions to define his legacy. Sadly, he entrusted Isaacson also.

    I sincerely hope, Mr. Sorkin brings insight, research and empathy in his work. It can be his most defining piece and he may have only one shot at it.

  5. well said, krquet!

    I was disappointed in the shallow reporting and poor contextual construction that Isaacson offered. It read like a high school social studies book — big on names and superficiality as viewed in hindsight by the victors, with no effort whatsoever invested in explaining the complexities of the situation and subtleties of the forces in play when the events occurred.

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