Sony Pictures is in negotiations to bring the life story of late technological entrepreneur Steve Jobs to the silver screen in a biopic written by Oscar-winning scribe Aaron Sorkin, SheKnows has learned.
That’s right, the same studio that enjoyed massive success with The Social Network (the 2010 box office blockbuster about Facebook founder Mark Zuckerberg), has secured the rights to give Apple’s former CEO similar Hollywood treatment. The proposed biopic would be based on Walter Isaacson’s bestselling biography Steve Jobs, a tome comprised of more than 40 interviews with the inventor and over 100 conversations with his friends, families, colleagues and contemporaries. Isaacson’s biography is the first authorized Steve Jobs biography and was written with the Apple founder’s blessing and full cooperation.
The film project is still in its early stages, but Hollywood hotshot Mark Gordon (Source Code, Saving Private Ryan) is reportedly on board to produce. And Sorkin says he’s “strongly considering” dusting off his own wire-frames and mock turtleneck to write Sony’s big budget release about Jobs.
“Sony has asked me to write the movie and it’s something I’m strongly considering. Right now I’m just in the thinking-about-it stages. It’s a really big movie and it’s going to be a great movie no matter who writes it,” says Sorkin, whose screenwriting credits already include TV’s The West Wing and Brad Pitt’s Moneyball.
Jobs and his pal Steve “The Woz” Wozniak pioneered Apple Computers in The Jobs’ San Francisco garage in the late 1970s. The story of the tech genius’ life was previously depicted in the Emmy-nominated 1999 telemovie, Pirates of Silicon Valley, which starred E.R.’s Noah Wyle as Jobs. That film, which is the small-screen adaptation of the book Fire in the Valley by Paul Freiberger and Michael Swaine, chronicled how Jobs, Wozniak, and Microsoft founder Bill Gates revolutionized modern technology and design with their inventions.
Jobs died at his home in California on Oct. 5, ending a decade-long battle with pancreatic cancer.
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