Apple Culture News, — May 31, 2012 18:46 — 0 Comments
Writer of The Social Network says working on upcoming film about the late Apple co-founder is ‘like writing about the Beatles’
The Oscar-winning writer of The Social Network, Aaron Sorkin, has revealed he hopes to paint a ”heroic” picture of the late Apple co-founder Steve Jobs in a forthcoming biopic.
Sorkin, whose critically acclaimed film about the creators of Facebook took a warts and all view of its subject Mark Zuckerberg, said he planned a different approach this time around. Pointing out that Zuckerberg had been the first “antihero” of a long writing career, he said he much preferred developing heroic characters and did not intend to ”judge” Jobs.
“He’s a complicated guy,” Sorkin said yesterday during an on-stage interview at the AllThingsD conference in Rancho Palos Verdes, California. “Zuckerberg was, as well. But when I’m writing this movie, I can’t judge this character. He has to be, for me, a hero. It’s a little like writing about the Beatles,” Sorkin mused. “There are so many people out there that know him and revere him.”
The creator of The West Wing, who last month revealed studio Sony has recruited Apple co-founder Steve Wozniak as an adviser, said he hoped to dispense with the traditional “cradle-to-grave” structure of a biopic, and was intending to produce “a painting, not a photograph” of Jobs’s life. “I’m going to identify the point of friction and focus on that,” he said. Sorkin’s take is effectively the ”official” Jobs biopic, since it adapts the bestselling official biography of the technology icon, Walter Isaacson’s Steve Jobs: The Exclusive Biography. Isaacson’s book is based on more than 40 interviews with its subject conducted over two years, as well as interviews with more than 100 family members, friends, adversaries, competitors and colleagues.
A rival indie film is being put together with Ashton Kutcher cast in the lead, however, and producers hope to steal a march on Sony by shooting as early as this month. Joshua Michael Stern’s film will reportedly chronicle the entrepreneur’s journey from “wayward hippie” to co-founder of Apple. “Steve Jobs is a big enough person, and led a big enough life, that there is more than enough room for more than one movie,” said Sorkin yesterday.
No cast or director has yet been announced for the Sony biopic, with Sorkin admitting yesterday that he is still considering how to approach his subject. “I’m at the earliest possible stage with Steve Jobs. What I’ll do is go through a long period that, to the casual observer, might very well look like watching ESPN,” he said. The only previous film to tell Jobs’s story was 1999′s made-for-TV docudrama Pirates of Silicon Valley, which starred ER’s Noah Wyle as the Apple founder.
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