Aaron Sorkin’s Steve Jobs biopic to focus on 3 launches: Mac, NeXT, and iPod (with video)

“Aaron Sorkin has thus far said relatively little about the Steve Jobs biopic he’s writing for Sony Pictures,” Chris Welch reports for The Verge. “But the acclaimed screenwriter finally let some details slip today at The Hero Summit, an event presented by Newsweek and The Daily Beast.”

“During an interview, Sorkin revealed that the movie will be comprised of three, 30-minute sections that each take place backstage in the moments immediately preceding some of Jobs’ most iconic keynotes,” Welch reports. “‘This entire movie is going to be three scenes and three scenes only that all take place in realtime,’ Sorkin said. ‘A half hour for you in the audience is the same as a half hour to a character on the screen.'”

Welch reports, “The three presentations that will serve as backdrops in the film will be the original Macintosh, the debut of NeXT, and the first-ever iPod reveal in 2001.”

Read more in the full article here.

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12 Comments

    1. Umm, apparently you missed the part where it says the scenes take place “BACKSTAGE”

      Theses scenes are about what Steve was like behind the scenes at three integral points in the history of Apple, they are not about or the same as watching the product keynotes.

        1. Dude, you’re missing the point..

          Steve onstage was a performer giving a performance.

          This movie is about what the real person was like backstage – tantrums and all, not the polished performer that we all saw.

          If you’d rather watch a polished performance then by all means watch the keynotes, but this movie is something entirely different.

  1. Not a bad idea, as the three launches are separated by a number of years, so you get Early Steve, Middle Steve, and moderately Late Steve. The iPod launch back in 2001, was still before the Apple turnaround, so I wonder if perhaps he shouldn’t have used the iPhone launch in 2007 instead. That was Steve’s best keynote, though it’s available online.

    I was just wondering if perhaps, using Steve’s three stories at the Stanford Commencement Speech wouldn’t have been better as the basis of Sorkin’s three act play.

  2. I want more!
    More than just three scenes, three points in history. Why neglect the entire modern era of Apple? How is this not interesting and massively relevant?
    This is the Apple that I know and personally remember. The iPhone, the MBA. Why stop with the “olden days”??

  3. So Jobs is going to be defined by the 30 minutes before a presentation?

    You don’t think that what he was going to say was already pretty much set in stone at that point, you are probably living in a fantasy world.

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