After winning an Oscar for writing a screenplay about Facebook, Aaron Sorkin is setting his sights on Apple.
Variety reports that Sorkin has officially signed on to adapt Walter Isaacson’s biography of Steve Jobs, titled Steve Jobs, for Sony Pictures.
Sony optioned the screen rights for Steve Jobs before the book even hit shelves. And almost immediately, the studio began courting Sorkin.
Variety quotes Sony’s co-chairman Amy Pascal as saying, “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.”
Prior to The Social Network, Sorkin was best known for his writing about the political and entertainment arenas. Through television programs such as Sports Night, The West Wing and Studio 60, Sorkin has shown a deft ability to create complex, three-dimensional on-screen characters.
With The Social Network, Sorkin — along with director David Fincher — did something remarkable: He turned a film conceit that was panned as a joke into one of the best reviewed films of 2009.
Sony’s Steve Jobs project might have the most clout, but it’s not the only film about the late Apple co-founder. Ashton Kutcher will portray a younger version of Jobs in the smaller film, Jobs: Get Inspired, which started shooting earlier this month.
Now here’s the big question: Who should play Jobs in the Sony version of the film? Let us know in the comments.
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