When the eccentric Apple co-founder, Steve Jobs, died of pancreatic cancer at age 54 last October, the world was captivated by the story of the man whoe started his billon dollar compnay from his garage, and the innovations that changed the world. And while Inferno Entertainment became the first to film a Jobs biopic – starring Ashton Kutcher – Sony is not looking to be outdone.
Sony Pictures announced today that Aaron Sorkin will pen the adaptation of Walter Isaacson’s Steve Jobs biography. Sorkin, the witty and brilliant Academy Award winning screenwriter of The Social Network, Moneyball, and creator of TV’s The West Wing, was once asked by Jobs himself to work on a film for Jobs’ Pixar Animation company, but it never came to fruition. He was also circling the project since the film was first announced last year.
Published within a few weeks of Jobs’ passing, journalist Walter Isaacson’s tome – the only official biography Jobs submitted to – is based on over 40 interviews over two years with the Apple co-founder as well as hundreds of interviews with family, friends, colleagues, and adversaries alike to create a story of the roller coaster ride of the failures and work ethic that led a hippie with an innovative and seemingly outlandish vision of the future to innovate personal computers and tablets, film animation, digital publishing, and the music and telecommunication industries. Because Jobs requested that everyone was as brutually honest as he was in life, and did not ask to see any drafts of the book, it is the most honest portrait of a controversial perfectionist and a polarizing perfectionist visionary driven by personal demons haunting him.
With over 2.5 million sales, it topped book sales charts in non-fiction and was among the bestselling hardcovers of 2011. The film, produced by Mark Gordon, Guymon Casady, and Scott Rudin, has no release date or casting choices. You can read a tribute to Steve Jobs from last October here.
This article appeared at SaveThe Seat.