Sport & Auto
- About Future
- Digital Future
- Cookies Policy
- Terms & Conditions
- Investor Relations
- Contact Future
So get this--according to Variety (via MacRumors), Aaron Sorkin, acclaimed for his work with The West Wing, The Social Network, and A Few Good Men, has submitted a screenplay to Sony based on Walter Isaacson's Steve Jobs biography. Sony tagged him as the screenwriter for the project back in may of 2012, and it looks as though he's finally wrapped up his draft.
All this comes just a few months after the disappointing reception for Ashton Kutcher's Jobs film, which focused on key events of Jobs' life. Yet Sorkin may be taking a different approach. In early talks about the screenplay, Sorkin envisioned the entire project taking place within three 30-minute scenes focusing on key product launches such as the original Mac, the NeXT cube, and the iPod.
That may have changed. As MacRumors notes, Sorkin has expressed his doubts about the film, arguing that biopics have a "cradle-to-grave structure" that's hard to break out of. That, indeed, was one of the pitfalls of Kutcher's film. With Jobs' life — and with unconventional structures such as the one mentioned above — the veteran screenwriter thinks he may have a chance to break out of that loop.
Right now, it seems a little too soon for a new Steve Jobs biopic, but that could change in the two years or more it'll likely take before we see the project on the screen. By then, perhaps we'll have arrived at a better time for a Steve Jobs film, and perhaps Sorkin's script will deliver a experience worth remembering.
Click here to follow this article's writer, Leif Johnson, on Twitter.