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Sony Courting Aaron Sorkin to Write Screenplay for Steve Jobs Movie?

Earlier this month, Sony Pictures acquired the movie rights to Walter Isaacson's authorized biography of Steve Jobs, seeking to adapt the story for the big screen. Sony was viewed as being a good fit for the film, as the studio's Columbia Pictures arm had successfully transitioned the story of Facebook to film with last year's release of The Social Network.


Aaron Sorkin

The writer behind The Social Network was Aaron Sorkin, who also gained fame for his work on A Few Good Men, The West Wing, and most recently Moneyball. And according to The Los Angeles Times, Sony is once again trying to pair up with Sorkin for the Steve Jobs screenplay.
Sony is moving forward with a Steve Jobs movie based on Isaacson's book. And one of the writers being courted by producers to pen his story, according to a person who was briefed on the project but not authorized to speak about it publicly, is Aaron Sorkin, Hollywood's chronicler-in-chief of the complicated visionary.

The "Moneyball" and "Social Network" writer was said by the person to be considering the prospect but had made no decisions. Sony and a Sorkin representative declined to comment on the writer's potential involvement.
Sorkin and Jobs actually did have a bit of history with each other, as Jobs had tried to convince Sorkin to write a film for Pixar, a proposal Sorkin declined because he didn't "think [he could] make inanimate objects talk."
STEVE: Once you make them talk they won’t be inanimate.

ME: The truth is I don’t know how to tell those stories. I have a young kid who loves Pixar movies and she’ll turn cartwheels if I tell her I’m writing one and I don’t want to disappoint her by writing the only bad movie in the history of Pixar.
A timeline for the potential Jobs movie is not yet firmed up, and casting is obviously still a ways off. Former ER star Noah Wyle, who played Jobs in the 1999 made-for-TV film Pirates of Silicon Valley, has expressed interest in reprising the role.
Are you kidding? I would give my eye teeth, in the heartbeat, of a New York minute. There are certain roles you wish you could tackle over and over again. That's one for me.
Isaacson's Steve Jobs experienced very strong pre-orders and early sales, and is headed toward the top of Amazon's list top-selling books for 2011, currently ranked #12.

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40 months ago

This is one of those times when I hope everything false into place to make for a great film. And I do hope Noah Wyle gets cast as Jobs again. That would be epic!

On another note, where the hell is Pirates of Silicon Valley on Blu-ray?!?! O_o


Nah, Christian Bale, hands down. He's got the wild eye and soul-searing passion that he brings to the screen.

Rating: 13 Votes
40 months ago
I'd watch that.
Rating: 8 Votes
40 months ago

I don’t want to disappoint her by writing the only bad movie in the history of Pixar.

Note to Sorkin:
It's cool if you write a Pixar movie now. With the release of Cars 2, if your Pixar script/movie tanks it won't be the ONLY one.
Rating: 5 Votes
40 months ago
If this movie does move forward, nobody *but* Sorkin should be allowed to write the screenplay.
Rating: 5 Votes
40 months ago

This is one of those times when I hope everything false into place to make for a great film. And I do hope Noah Wyle gets cast as Jobs again. That would be epic!

On another note, where the hell is Pirates of Silicon Valley on Blu-ray?!?! O_o




Gangster Movie, about the Apple Family, fighting an undercover war for turf against the Microsoft Family. Starring Jason Statham as Jonathan Ive.
Rating: 5 Votes
40 months ago
Wow. I never knew Sorkin's mom was a MacRumors fan. (Basing this on all the negative votes any post w/ a Sorkin criticism gets). What a great mom protecting her kid.
Rating: 4 Votes
40 months ago

Jack Black as Woz? :eek:



How about Woz as Woz
Rating: 4 Votes
40 months ago
Christian bale or Noah Wyle. Bale has a lot of personal similarities as well as proffessional. Tom Hardy would be great as Jony.
Rating: 3 Votes
40 months ago

Sorkin and Jobs actually did have a bit of history with each other, as Jobs had tried to convince Sorkin to write a film for Pixar, a proposal Sorkin declined because he didn't "think [he could] make inanimate objects talk."
Quote:

STEVE: Once you make them talk they won't be inanimate.

Classic Jobs. Amazing that he knew everyone else's business better than even they did, and could see possibilities where, for some reason, no one else saw them.


What are you smoking, LTD? Aaron Sorkin is an incredible writer and he was telling Jobs that he didn't want to do it in a very polite way. He didn't say animated movies don't work because the characters are inanimate. He said that personally - he couldn't/wouldn't write characters like that.

To do something well - you have to be willing to do to whatever it takes. You don't have to DO anything it takes - just be willing. Sorkin wasn't willing and was gracious about passing on any such project.

This isn't about Jobs knowing better than Sorkin at all...
Rating: 3 Votes
40 months ago

Ugh. Sorkin is soooo overrated and cliche. I'd much rather have the Coen brothers do it.


Are you sure you want Nicolas Cage playing Steve Jobs and Javier Bardem playing Johnny Ive? ;)
Rating: 3 Votes

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