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Screenwriter Aaron Sorkin Shares Some Thoughts About Steve Jobs Biopic, Woz Hired As Advisor

Sorkin social network 150x199Aaron Sorkin, the creative genius behind The Social Network, The West Wing, and upcoming HBO show The Newsroom was recently confirmed as the screenwriter for Sony's upcoming movie based on Walter Isaacson's biography of Steve Jobs -- though, Sorkin himself says he has a lot of work to do.

Reuters reports that Sorkin held an interview with reporters and said he was still looking for something in Jobs' life to hang the movie on.
Sorkin noted that "The Social Network" saw the Facebook story through the lens of an acrimonious lawsuit that pitted CEO Mark Zuckerberg against his Harvard friends over the creation of the social media network.

"Drama is tension versus obstacle. Someone wants something, something is standing in their way of getting it. They want the money, they want the girl, they want to get to Philadelphia - doesn't matter ... And I need to find that event and I will. I just don't know what it is," Sorkin said.
He noted that it won't be a "straight ahead biography" because a biography has a natural "cradle-to-grave structure" that is very hard to overcome.

Sorkin also disclosed that Apple co-founder Steve Wozniak has been hired as a consultant by Sony Pictures to advise the filmmakers on the technical aspects of computers and about Jobs himself.

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33 months ago

I lost interest in this movie when Ashton Kutcher was announced to play Steve.


That's a different movie.
Rating: 18 Votes
33 months ago
I don't think there's difficulty in finding anything out! I read Steve Jobs and his life is was filled with drama as it is. A once in a lifetime individual that changed the world.

A strong minded person, created his company, stabbed in the back by people he brought in, starts his own company, buys another and influences the company to change animated movies, comes full circle when his original company buys his second, works behinds the scenes to force out existing CEO, he takes back his company (Thank GOD), brings his company back from the brink, unfortunately (understatement) has cancer, battles cancer, world loses a visionary. It's simple, his life is a damn movie. No need for any certain twist.
Rating: 8 Votes
33 months ago
My expectations for this movie have just been set to high
Rating: 5 Votes
33 months ago
It's fantastic that Woz is hired as advisor.
I remember the story about him being left out of Isacson's biography because of a misunderstanding (when Isaacson called him for an interview Woz declined, because he thought it was another unofficial biography and he wanted to respect Steve's wishes for privacy. He didn't realize that Steve had authorized Isaacson because he was dying). So I hope we get a little more of that side of the story. I love Woz he's such a gentle, humble man in interviews
Rating: 5 Votes
33 months ago

too early for this ****, the dust hasn't even settled on Steve's grave... hollywood always out to make big buck when they see the opportunity, what's new?

anyway biopics are dead boring, what can you put in 100 mins about a man's life that isn't a cliche and a caricature to anyone who knows his legacy and a bit about their life?

Read the bio instead.

Biopics are boring? Clearly you haven't seen Ali or Ray or -- ****, even The Social Network was a biopic.
Rating: 4 Votes
33 months ago
That one obstacle Sorkin is looking for is Jobs looking to change the world through technology and everyone and everything standing in the way. They can be personified in the likeness of Sculley, Gates, and death.

You're welcome Mr. Sorkin. Please send my consulting check to my secretary.
Rating: 4 Votes
33 months ago

I really don't think oneway or the other about facebook, I intensely disliked the fact that they are bypassing every privacy law in the book and making a buck off our data, but since facebook is here to stay I 've stopped caring and I hope the legislators do something about it. Just heard an interview of Zuckerburg (sp?) once and I though he was an effin moron -which he is- that had zero insight on the social implications and philosophical ramifications of what he had accidentally unleashed upon the world. Why would I want to see a movie made in hollywood (lowest common denominator oversimplified bs 99.9% of the time) about such a bozo?


That's why I said love or hate facebook, it still is a fantastic movie, but apparently you can't imagine such a thing.
Rating: 3 Votes
33 months ago
The Woz is a big cuddly teddy bear :)
Rating: 2 Votes
33 months ago
Aaron Sorkin is looking for something to 'hang this movie on'???

Really?? Hey Aaron... how about a move about a dying man telling his life story in hopes that his children will know who he is?

Isn't that why Walter Isaacson was asked to write the book by Steve Jobs?

Hey Aaron... you start the movie as someone playing the part of the author, who is asked to come to the house of a frail and dying man. He pulls up a chair, and begins listening to Steve Jobs' story.
As the character of dying Steve Jobs begins to talk, we are transitioned back to that part of Jobs' past.

The movie ends when Steve Jobs dies and the author hands a copy of the book to his kids and says "Your father wanted me to give this to you". I know I'd be crying at the end of the movie!!

Aaron, get in touch with me on here if you want more ideas and we can talk in private. :D
Rating: 2 Votes
33 months ago
Ugh, it sounds like Sorkin is probably going to pull the same crap he did with The Social Network and fictionalize it. Don't get me wrong, I loved the movie. But he clearly didn't understand the fact that someone can build something just for the sake of building it. Instead he invented some crap about how Facebook was created to get back at a girl. And now most everyone thinks that's true.
Rating: 2 Votes

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