Aaron Sorkin Wanted To Script Steve Jobs Biopic

Published 3 years ago by , Updated February 15th, 2014 at 8:47 pm,

Apple visionary Steve Jobs’ recent death quickly gave rise to speculation that Hollywood would soon take the opportunity to press ahead with a biographical film about the technological innovator’s life. Sure enough, word quickly got out that Sony had snatched up screen rights to Walter Isaacson’s best-selling non-fiction book about the man – a work simply titled Steve Jobs.

Comparisons have already been made between an adaptation of Isaacson’s literary biopic and Sony’s previous 21st century business-oriented works like The Social Network and Moneyball. So it’s no shock that the writer involved with both those acclaimed films – namely, Aaron Sorkin – is being courted to script the Jobs project.

Sorkin won an Academy Award for his Social Network screenplay and is well-renowned for turning “difficult” source material about eccentric and creative people into captivating cinema. However, as 24 Frames pointed out in its scoop, the Steve Jobs adaptation is something of a different beast – since Sorkin was not only personally familiar with Jobs, he would also be working on a story that remains fresh in the minds of the general population. That second element especially helps to distinguish this project from Moneyball: a film that has more of a limited audience appeal, because of its subject matter.

On the one hand: films that chronicle still cuturally-relevant events shortly after they actually occurred often seem to struggle at the box office – though, that is arguably due largely to the tendency for such films to select politically-controversial or sensitive issues as their focus (see: Fair Game, Green Zone, etc.).

On the other hand: The Social Network could be cited as a great example of how a film can tackle a topic of ongoing mainstream cultural relevance and make it work as a great piece of entertainment, on its own. Hence why Sorkin seems all the more fitting a choice to script the Steve Jobs biopic, from an artistic perspective.

Isaacson’s original Jobs literature was based on more than 40 interviews conducted with the book’s namesake, over the course of two years. The author also had material from over a hundred interviews with Jobs’ family, friends, colleagues and competitors alike to work with, in order to create the following portrait of its subject (according to the official description of Isaacson’s book):

Driven by demons, Jobs could drive those around him to fury and despair. But his personality and products were interrelated, just as Apple’s hardware and software tended to be, as if part of an integrated system. His tale is instructive and cautionary, filled with lessons about innovation, character, leadership, and values.

So again, just from a descriptive angle, Jobs will likely be portrayed as the sort of complex-but-fascinating character that Sorkin has handled with ease before – be it in The Social Network or on his famed TV creation The West Wing. So if Sorkin does decide to accept the job of crafting Jobs’ biopic, that alone will be good reason to get excited about how the final product could turn out.


We will let you know when either Sorkin or another screenwriter officially signs on for the Steve Jobs biopic.

Source: LA Times

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  1. Visionaries like Steve Jobs reveal the true secret to the Universe in that nothing is impossible with time, perseverance, and positive visualization. Such a passion for furthering human communication inspires. His legacy will survive generations with names like Edison, Tesla as the greatest inventors and visionaries of all time. As an artist, I draw from these inspirations and advancements in my work and you may enjoy my recent portrait of Mr. Jobs, now In Memoriam at http://dregstudiosart.blogspot.com/2011/08/end-of-era-steve-jobs.html

  2. Whenever I read or hear written or screenplay by Aaron Sorkin I’m in. Since A Few Good Men and The West Wing I’ve been a big fan. I remember the 1st preview I saw for The Social Network. Throughout I was thinking that a movie about Facebook sounded boring and lame until the last few seconds when Sorkins name appeared. So along with his new HBO series I’ll be one of the 1st to see this if it happens.

    • Agreed. The material is already compelling, but having Sorkin involved would doubly guarantee an interesting film. Sorkin wouldn’t pull back from the less perfect aspects of Jobs’ story either.

      As to, “the guy is barely cold and already they´re milking him” thinking, from out of the gate, Jobs promoted his products, himself, and his evolving philosophy to pretty much anyone who’d listen. He’s part of the cultural landscape now, through no small effort of his own. So let’s watch, celebrate to coolness of the ride, get it out of our system and move on.

  3. Am I the only one who thinks this is a bit too early? I mean, the guy is barely cold and already they´re milking him.

    • It’s never too early for Hollywood to cash in on somebody’s death (sarcasm).

  4. You realise that jobbs is responable for creating the best spy device ever the iphone. The DA was allowed to look at all the photos on the iphone that Micheal Jacksons doctor used during the time in question. He and others im sure have no idea that the iphone snaps a photo every time you hit the home button. Its silent and doesnt make a sound when it does this. The photos are stored offsite in some apple database. I wouldnt hold the guy up to such praise. Somebody should have told him that stress causes cancer.

  5. Aaron Sorkin is my favorite living screenwriter. The West Wing is my all time favorite TV show, and I love A few Good Men and Social Network. There isn’t a better choice, IMO.

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  6. Enough!! I’ve had enough of the constant “Steve Jobs” news.

  7. While I love Aaron Sorkin and just about anything he’s touched, I’m not sold on this.

    1. Steve Jobbs just died.
    2. Sorkin’s originality and freshness can be made stale if we keep demanding he crank out snappy lined scripts about entrepreneurial genius.

    …I mean, really. The Social Network and Moneyball came out just within a year of each other, which is okay. But what’s so incredible about Sorkin is that his writing isn’t formulaic. Make him a commodity though and his talent could be spoiled. IMO.