Aaron Sorkin, the scriptwriter behind The Social Network, has finally been confirmed as the writer working on the Steve Jobs biopic.
When doing biopics involving figureheads of the digital age, it seems logical to swing your idea past Aaron Sorkin. He won an Academy Award for Best Adapted Screenplay – because, let’s face it, The Social Network was not only an incredible story, but a very well-written and engaging film. He’s also that award-winning writer behind The West Wing. Yeah, really.
He was first approached in November, while he was working on Newsroom, a drama for America’s HBO network. After some hesitation, he’s finally agreed to work on the project, and I’d imagine Sony are somewhat pleased, given that they’ve spent an exorbitant $1M on the rights to adapt the story as it is told in the Walter Isaacson-written biography of Steve Jobs, seen on bookshop shelves everywhere for quite some time.
Jobs is definitely a figure who would make great Hollywood material, although he may indeed be pitched as another Zuckerberg – an odd, quirky man with a zealotic passion for following his dreams and carrying his ideas through to completion. However, the difference here is that Steve Jobs unfortunately passed away last October, and many will see this as a sensitive subject. All I can hope for is something realistic, rather than a rose-tinted, grief-driven look back at his career – although it’ll be interesting to see how it performs next to the Ashton Kutcher-led indie flick, Jobs.
One lingering question is how they will treat Jobs’ experiences on LSD, something he would later refer to as “one of the two or three most important things [he had] done in [his] life”. We’ll keep you posted.