Sorkin Writing Steve Jobs Movie?
'Social Network' writer said to be considering the offer
By Evann Gastaldo,  Newser Staff
Posted Oct 25, 2011 10:57 AM CDT
Aaron Sorkin poses backstage with the Oscar for best adapted screenplay for "The Social Network" at the 83rd Academy Awards on Sunday, Feb. 27, 2011, in the Hollywood section of Los Angeles.   (AP Photo/Matt Sayles)

(Newser) – Sony is making a Steve Jobs movie based on the biography by Walter Isaacson, and none other than Social Network scribe Aaron Sorkin is being courted to write it, the Los Angeles Times reports. A source says Sorkin is considering the idea, but neither Sorkin nor Sony gave an official comment. Still, it seems like a good fit:

  • LA Times: “Sorkin is known for penning stories about the lives of fiercely smart, if difficult, figures, of which Jobs certainly was one. Isaacson's take on the late executive as someone whose penchant for ‘magical thinking’ was both a great advantage and a fatal liability seems particularly suited to a Sorkin script.”

  • New York: “If you're going to turn a non-idiotic book into a non-idiotic movie, and the central character is some kind of against-the-grain man, then you can only turn to one person for help with this script: Aaron Sorkin. It worked great for Social Network, it worked OK enough for Moneyball.”
  • Huffington Post: “Aaron Sorkin's last two films have been adaptations of books about a game changing tech mogul and a dynamic personality who wasn't afraid to think differently to achieve success. Which makes him a very logical choice to take on the upcoming Steve Jobs biopic.”
Plus, Sorkin was a longtime Apple fan, and Steve Jobs himself once asked him to write a Pixar movie—a request Sorkin declined.