There have been rumors circulating the Internet since word got out that the major studios were looking to make a film about Steve Jobs’ life that Aaron Sorkin, the man responsible for the screenplay of The Social Network, was approached by Sony to pen the screenplay.
Aaron Sorkin has gone on the record today about the project:
[quote]Sony has asked me to write the movie and it’s something I’m strongly considering, right now I’m just in the thinking-about-it stages. It’s a really big movie and it’s going to be a great movie no matter who writes it … He was a great entrepreneur, he was a great artist, a great thinker, He’s probably inspired [my 11-year-old daughter] Roxy more than he’s inspired me. She plays with all his toys.[/quote]
It feels a bit early for a biographical film on Jobs considering Walter Isaccson’s authorized biography was just published. Keeping in mind that this thing is in the early planning stages, and that it would be a number of years before the film hits the big screen, there’s obviously going to be a tremendous amount of interest in the film. The key difference between this film, and a film like The Social Network is the amount of time that has elapsed during the story. Going from 1970 through to 2011 is going to be a lot more difficult to pull off than writing a film about the relatively short period of time of Facebook and Mark Zuckerburg’s relevancy.