Just day’s after Steve Jobs death, Sony Pictures purchased the rights to adapt Walter Isaacson’s biography, Steve Jobs, into a feature length film. Later it was revealed that Aaron Sorkin (The Social Network, The West Wing) was one of Sony’s top choices to write the script. It turns out that he actually wants to do it too. The Oscar award winning screenwriter recently said in an interview with E!: “Sony has asked me to write the movie and it’s something I’m strongly considering.” He continued stating that: “Right now I’m just in the thinking-about-it stages. It’s a really big movie and it’s going to be a great movie no matter who writes it.”
Sorkin is particularly well suited for the job considering that he was friends with Steve Jobs in real life and likely has a strong understanding of his character. Jobs’ biography is based on interviews with loved ones, co-workers, colleagues, and competitors. This wouldn’t be new territory for Sorkin as The Social Network too was loosely based off of Ben Mezrich’s book The Accidental Billionaires: The Founding of Facebook, A Tale of Sex, Money, Genius, and Betrayal, which, also was non-fiction. Not only is the content of the book very Sorkin but so is Jobs, who even seems a bit like a Sorkin character. Steve Jobs is often described as having been a brilliant, driven, but difficult, maybe even neurotic man.
In addition to Aaron Sorkin possibly writing the script, there has been some rumors circulating that either George Clooney (Up in the Air, Ocean’s Eleven) or Noah Wyle (Pirates of Silicon Valley, Donnie Darko) could play Jobs. Both actors are apparently very interested and have been considering the role. It’s worth mentioning that Noah Wyle already played Jobs once in the film Pirates of Silicon Valley.
Source: /Film, E!