Known for penning the successful political television series The West Wing and lauded blockbuster The Social Network, a film that was based on the infancy of Facebook, the American writer will be bringing Job’s life to the big screen.
The movie will be based on the official biography of the former Apple CEO written by Walter Isaacson, which took two years to research and includes interviews with Job’s friends, competitors and relatives. Simply entitled ‘Steve Jobs’, the screenplay will rival another biopic, which is set to be released around the same time and star Ashton Kutcher in the lead role.
Sorkin’s version does not have a cast or director yet but his previous successes suggest that his adaptation will receive the same critical acclaim as his other screenplays. It will be produced and distributed by Sony Pictures.
Sony Pictures co-chairman Amy Pascal said: “Steve Jobs’s story is unique: he was one of the most revolutionary and influential men not just of our time but of all time. There is no writer working in Hollywood today who is more capable of capturing such an extraordinary life for the screen than Aaron Sorkin; in his hands, we’re confident that the film will be everything that Jobs himself was: captivating, entertaining and polarising.”
Experts have predicted that Sorkin’s screenplay could be in the running for a string of awards if it meets up to expectations.