A few weeks ago, following the death of Apple Co-founder and CEO Steve Jobs, Sony acquired the movie rights to an authorised biography by CNN chairman and Time Magazine managing editor Walter Isaacson who interviewed Jobs 40 times over the space of two years. Isaacson also interviewed family members, friends, colleagues and fans.
Mark Gordon (Saving Private Ryan) is producing, and in their search for a screenwriter Sony has gone for an obvious choice. Aaron Sorkin, writer of The Social Network and Moneyball.
The L.A Times says Sorkin is “considering the prospect”, but he is just “one of the writers being courted by producers”. Sorkin actually knew Steve Jobs, which could make him decide against writing the movie, or he could take it on in memory of the Apple co-founder.
The biography, which was published October 24, is described as “a riveting story of the roller-coaster life and searingly intense personality of a creative entrepreneur, whose passion for perfection and ferocious drive revolutionised six industries – personal computers, animated movies, music, phones, tablet computing and digital publishing”.
As well as co-founding Apple Steve Jobs also served as chief executive of Pixar Animation Studios and became a member of the board of directors of The Walt Disney Company in 2006, following the acquisition of Pixar by Disney. Jobs actually asked Sorkin to write a Pixar movie but he declined, saying he couldn’t “make inanimate objects talk.” Perhaps he’ll find writing a movie about Jobs himself a little easier.