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'The Social Network' Screenwriter Set for Steve Jobs' Biopic

By - Source: The Hollywood Reporter | B 9 comments

Sony's biopic of the late Steve Jobs will be written by The Social Network screenwriter, Aaron Sorkin.

Back in April, we reported that independent film company Inferno Entertainment began working on a Steve Jobs biopic. The film will see Ashton Kutcher playing the famous former Apple CEO, and will have a budget of around $5 million USD. Shooting has reportedly already begun, and the flick is expected to be released by the end of the year.

There were also reports that Sony Pictures Entertainment had paid $1 million USD for the rights to use Walter Isaacson’s biography on the late Apple co-founder for its own biopic. Sony has now confirmed that Aaron Sorkin, the Oscar-winning screenwriter behind The Social Network, A Few Good Men, Moneyball and TV’s The West Wing, will adapt the best-selling book for the big screen. Mark Gordon, Scott Rudin and Guymon Casady are producing the project.

"Steve Jobs' story is unique: he was one of the most revolutionary and influential men not just of our time but of all time," said Sony Pictures Entertainment co-chairman Amy Pascal in a statement. "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 polarizing."

The Hollywood Reporter said that Sorkin was Sony's screenwriter of choice since the very beginning. The studio approached the writer back in November 2011 who at the time admitted that he was "strongly considering" taking on the Steve Jobs assignment.

Last year before Jobs passed away, he asked Sorkin to write a movie script for Pixar, but was refused. Jobs responded by inviting Sorkin up for a tour of the Pixar facility in the Bay Area. Sorkin said he remembered that final conversation with the Apple CEO very well.

"The truth is I don't know how to tell those stories," the screenwriter said he told Jobs. "I have a young kid who loves Pixar movies and she'll turn cartwheels if I tell her I’m writing one and I don’t want to disappoint her by writing the only bad movie in the history of Pixar."

Based on the information provided, Sony's movie may focus on Jobs' entire lifeline while the independent film starring Ashton Kutcher will focus on his early career as indicated by Inferno Entertainment producer Mark Hulme.

"Since our film covers the early years of Apple, when Jobs was in his 20's, we needed an actor who could carry not only the youthfulness of Jobs at the time but also the psychological complexity," Hulme said last month. "Because of that, and Ashton's physical similarities to Jobs, he's perfect for our film."

Sounds like this version may head directly to DVD/Blu-ray/cable TV at the same time Sony's biopic will splash the big screen and reel in a few Oscars.

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    monsta , May 17, 2012 7:46 AM
    Whats the big deal about Jobs , he isn't a hero....
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    huggles12 , May 17, 2012 7:53 AM
    I hope it accurately reflects Steve Jobs and what he was like, not just a 2 hour apple commercial...
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    Martell1977 , May 17, 2012 8:37 AM
    The movie "Pirates of Silicon Valley" had all I needed to know about Steve Jobs in it. Great at marketing, sucked at business and life.
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    tolham , May 17, 2012 1:37 PM
    "The film will see Ashton Kutcher playing the famous former Apple CEO"

    well so much for that movie.
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    Anonymous , May 17, 2012 2:29 PM
    jOBS starring Ashton Kutcher has a budget far more than $5 Million. Inferno is the foreign sales agent not the studio or the producer. Shooting has not begun and you can't get all of your hard facts from the tabloids. Mark Hulme owns the movie and does not work for Inferno- it's the other way around.
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    nuvon , May 17, 2012 4:12 PM
    I don't know. But for sure "monsta" you are definitely nobody!! Absolutely no contribution to the world or society.
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    Northwestern , May 17, 2012 4:50 PM
    So are they going to fill that movie up with worthless and false bullcrap just to garner attention and make it more interesting than it should be?

    You couldn't even pay me to pirate it.
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    derkman , May 17, 2012 7:45 PM
    I can't wait to see the moments where he left his first born child to be raised without a father, going on temper tantrums, and getting fired at Apple.

    It will show those hipster Appledrones how much a douchebag their god really was.
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    back_by_demand , May 17, 2012 11:22 PM
    Will need a lot of CGI to faithfully render the Reality Distortion Field
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