January 14, 2014
The Steve Jobs biopic based on the bestselling biography written by Walter Isaacson may be nearing production, as screenwriter Aaron Sorkin has completed its script. According to Variety, Sorkin has turned in his screenplay to Sony Pictures, which acquired the rights to the book for a feature-length biographic film (not to be confused with the Steve Jobs biopic starring Ashton Kutcher, which was released last year). Variety confirms the news in a report focused on HBO's renewal of Sorkin's political drama series, "Newsroom." Sorkin is best known for his Emmy- and Oscar-winning work on "The West Wing" and "The Social Network," the latter of which was also based on another tech-centric nonfiction book. Sorkin was tapped to adapt Isaacson's "Steve Jobs" in spring 2012. Just a couple of days after Sony's announcement of his involvement, he said that the movie would not be a "straight ahead biography." He suggested that, like "The Social Network," it would eschew the typical "cradle-to-grave structure of a biography." As noted by MacRumors, Sorkin also said that he planned to divide the movie into three 30-minute scenes. Each scene was said to take place behind the scenes of a major product launch, e.g. the original Mac, the NeXT cube, and the iPod. Whether Sorkin has stuck to that plan for his script remains to be seen.