It was inevitable really but it’s good news nonetheless. Aaron Sorkin has finally agreed to write the biopic of Apple founder and head honcho Steve Jobs. He was approached way back in November but it’s taken him this long to make up his mind. Granted he has been rather busy working on new HBO drama The Newsroom but the sheer scale of the task probably also gave him some pause for thought.
However, if there’s a man that can bring the life of one of the gods of modern technology to the big screen, it’s Sorkin, having penned critics’ favourite The Social Network in 2010.
Sony paid a reported $1 million for Walter Isaacson’s biography of Jobs which is based on interviews with him and others and covers the majority of his life.
That must be alarming news to Josh Michael Stern whose own project Jobs already has Ashton Kutcher in the lead role. And though his project is significantly along in the production stakes, there’s got to be a worry when you see the shadow of a screenwriting giant like Sorkin heading your way.
In a statement picked up by The Hollywood Reporter Sony co-chairman Amy Pascal said,
“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.”
No director on board just yet and no actor in line to play Jobbo. What’s Fincher up to these days…?