Aaron Sorkin Discusses Making Steve Jobs Biopic

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Recently, we reported that Aaron Sorkin had been hired by Sony Pictures to write the script on a movie to be made on the life of Steve Jobs. Sony Pictures purchased the rights to make this movie, almost few days after Steve Jobs’ sad demise.

This movie would be based on the biography of Steve Jobs written by Walter Isaacson and the rumors say that either George Clooney or Noah Wyle will play Steve Jobs in the movie.

Filmmaker and writer Aaron Sorkin is probably best known for his work on The West Wing. Recently, Sorkin met Walt Mossberg at All Things Digital to have a chat about his work on one of the new Steve Jobs biographical movies coming out.

He talked frankly about his current attempts to try and give justice to the life and times of Apple’s famous co-founder. Sorkin said that trying to live up to expectations on a movie like this will be hard. He said:

“This was a little like writing about The Beatles,” he says. “There are so many people out there who know so much about him and who revere him, that I just saw a minefield of disappointment.”

Sorkin said that the movie probably would not be a complete account of everything Steve Jobs, just because that was probably not the best way to really tell his story. Instead, Sorkin suggested:

“I’ll probably identify the point of friction that appeals to me and then approach that.”

Sorkin has written the awesome script of The Social Network movie about Mark Zuckerberg and Facebook.

It is still very early in the process, but Sorkin said that like Zuckerberg, he would have to see Jobs in a certain light to try and make his story resonate:

“I can’t judge the character. He has to, for me, be a hero. I have to find the parts of him that are like me. I have to be able to defend this character. With someone like Steve Jobs, to put it as simply as possible, you want to write the character as if they are making the case to God why they should be allowed into heaven.”

What are your thoughts and expectations about the Steve Jobs movie? What do you expect from Sorkin? And who would you like to see playing Steve Jobs? Post your comments.

Source: TUAW

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