Aaron Sorkin on Steve Jobs Movie Portrayal: He's 'Part Hero, Part Anti-Hero'

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Screenwriter Aaron Sorkin has revealed more information about his script for the Steve Jobs movie while speaking at the Tribeca Film Festival on Monday night to Mashable, telling the site his movie isn't a traditional biopic or the story of Steve Jobs.

"It’s not a biopic; it’s not the story of Steve Jobs — it’s something much different than that," Sorkin said. "He’s a fascinating guy — part hero, part antihero."

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Sorkin declined to comment on today's report from The Hollywood Reporter saying that Slumdog Millionaire director Danny Boyle was in talks to direct the Steve Jobs movie with Leonardo DiCaprio potentially starring as the Apple co-founder. Instead, he said that he wanted the movie to speak for itself and that Jobs was a "fascinating guy" surrounded by "fascinating people" and had "very interesting relationships in his life".

Additionally, Sorkin revealed that the film, which he referred to as Steve Jobs, was one of the few times in his career he set out to write what he wanted to write and that it was an "incredibly satisfying" feeling.

The script, which Sorkin completed in January, uses material from Walter Isaacson's Steve Jobs biography and will focus on three 30-minute scenes ahead of three product launches. No potential release date has been announced.

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85 months ago
dicaprio portraying jobs, wow that's a tough sell.
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85 months ago

dicaprio portraying jobs, wow that's a tough sell.


In my experience the number one factor people use when judging documentaries is: How much does the guy look like the real guy.

Sad, but true. And the more famous the subject, the worse it gets. (Nobody cared when DiCaprio didn't look like Jordan Belfort or Howard Hughes.)
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85 months ago
A couple of strange comments in the article - the Steve Jobs movie isn't the story of Steve Jobs? And he's setting out to write what he wants to write? I'd have thought if it's a true story, there's less freedom for a screenwriter.

It sounds a bit like this will be a very fictionalised version, "inspired by the life of Jobs".
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85 months ago
I am trying to understand this 3 30 minute scenes around product launches storyline. It could be interesting but I would like to see the movie start with him in 1997 till 2011 timeline.
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85 months ago
I think Leonardo DiCaprio is a good actor, but it's hard for me to buy any role he's in. He's too well known to not see him as a famous & well known celebrity actor obviously playing a role.

The Basketball Diaries and Gilbert Grape were easy to digest & get lost in the story because he was relatively unknown when they were released. Everything after Titanic, he just became too recognizable for his public persona. This is one of the main reasons why I couldn't take Ashton Kutcher's portrayal seriously either.

He's also too Anglo looking to play Jobs IMO. Not even some contacts and hair dye are going to make him look half Syrian. I wasn't a fan of the Kutcher film, but he's a much better I choice in terms of looking like Jobs.

I'm still hoping they can work out a deal with David Fincher to direct and Christian Bale to play Jobs.
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85 months ago
The Wolf of Cupertino.

The Great Jobs.
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