Dual biographical pictures about the late Steve Jobs are on the way. The first (Jobs: Get Inspired) will feature Ashton Kutcher playing the famous Apple co-founder, circa 1971-2000; the second is an adaptation of Walter Isaacson's best-selling book, simply titled Steve Jobs, and aims to cover the majority of the technology innovator's lifetime. People such as Noah Wyle and George Clooney have already expressed interest in headlining the latter film.
Rumors have been circulating for months now that Aaron Sorkin could be brought aboard to adapt Isaacson's literary biography about Jobs. Sony has finally issued an official press release, confirming that the Oscar-winning screenwriter has been recruited for the project.
Hiring on the writer responsible for such films as A Few Good Men and The Social Network - not to mention, the creator of The West Wing and co-writer of Moneyball - to bring Steve Jobs' story to the big screen, has always been regarded as a no-brainer. Sony Co-Chairman Amy Pascal says as much (in a more politically correct fashion, of course) in her official 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."
As mentioned before, Sorkin will draw inspiration directly from Isaacson's popular biography about Jobs. The author reportedly conducted more than 40 interviews with his subject over the course of two years - along with more than one-hundred complimentary interviews with Jobs' closest associates, friends and family - in order to create a fully-encompassing portrait of the man.
Get Inspired, by comparison, will (according to producer Mark Hulme) draw from the "wealth of source material" about Steve Jobs - while also utilizing "the support of primary sources who knew him personally," in order to create a captivating account of the man's experiences. Hulme is also on the record as saying that the research process for Get Inspired began upon Job's retirement from the position of Apple CEO (some two months prior to his death).
Joshua Michael Stern (Swing Vote) is directing Get Inspired, which could potentially hit theaters before the end of 2012. Sony's Steve Jobs biopic is currently without a director and cast, but that should quickly change now that Sorkin is officially working on the screenplay. Look for the film to come together quickly, setting it on course to reach theaters just in time for the 2013 awards season.
How about it, fellow Screen Ranters? Are you interested in seeing Hulme, Stern and Kutcher (who bears a surprising physical resemblance to Jobs) bring the Apple co-founder to life on the big screen? Or are you going to hold out for the second version of the Steve Jobs story - as told by the guy who made Mark Zuckerberg look like an awesome, cutthroat geek?
Expect to hear more about both Steve Jobs movies in the future.
Source: Sony Pictures