Aaron Sorkin “Strongly Considering” Penning a Steve Jobs Biopic

     November 23, 2011


Here’s a hard truth about Steve Jobs: he was just a business man.  His products were popular (although controversial among tech geeks), and he ran a successful company, but his death was treated like the passing of one of history’s great leaders.  The non-stop deification has become quite annoying and it doesn’t seem like it will end any time soon.  Last month we reported that Aaron Sorkin was being courted by Sony to write a biopic about Jobs.  The Oscar-winning screenwriter now tells E! (via THR) that “it’s something I’m strongly considering,” but added, “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.”

Hit the jump for more on the story along with my criticism of making a Steve Jobs movie.

Two days after Jobs died, Sony picked up the rights to the authorized Steve Jobs biography (appropriately titled “Steve Jobs“) by Walter Isaacson.  Noah Wylie (who played Jobs in the TV movie Pirates of Silicon Valley) and George Clooney have been rumored to play the late Apple CEO.

Sorkin can usually bring magic to anything he writes and Jobs would certainly make for an interesting protagonist based on his personality.  The biopic would probably be helped by the personal friendship between Jobs and Sorkin (Jobs even asked Sorkin to write a Pixar movie).  According to the synopsis of Isaacson’s book, Jobs was “driven by demons” with a “searingly intense personality”.  Nothing has ever said “searingly intense” like black turtlenecks and jeans.

One more thing: No offense to Sorkin (whose work I greatly admire and respect), but Lawrence of Arabia is “a really big movie”.  This is about a guy who built revolutionary products and marketed the hell out of them.  He didn’t campaign for social justice or try to stop wars.  His greatest risk was bankruptcy and I think we would all do well to remember that.


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  • God

    Dear Matt,

    You are, and always will be, a douche. You will not make it into my kingdom.


    • Judson

      These comments are ridiculous. I love Steve Jobs but Matt’s entitled to his opinion. If you want to defend Steve Jobs, then follow his example and put forth great ideas not anonymous vitriol.

      • First, Last Name

        The problem with Matt is that he feels compelled to throw in his opinion rather than strictly reporting the news. His articles become opinion-based rather than news-based. Because of this Matt is highly criticized, whether or not his strong opinions are popular or just.

  • Tarek

    Steve Jobs was probably a successful business man, but he was first a Visionaire.

  • grittymcgritterson

    No, he didn’t end wars, but he married technology with culture. for better or worse he absolutely changed the face of our society. Y’know while your at it,The Rolling Stones were just a bunch of druggies who play guitars, they didnt end world hunger either. Does that lessen the impact they had?

  • MatTheTroll

    This pathetic excuse for a columnist is ruining this website.

    • vincent

      It’s getting ridiculous..

  • ozzie

    I don’t understand the hero worship around this man. All the tech he is credited for creating was either stolen or bought from other companies. The products he is credited for creating were completely designed by other people and he just took all the credit. His biography revealed he was nothing short of an ass to everyone he worked with throughout his career. His hype is just the result of spectacular marketing.

  • snickle

    Posted from Matt’s Macbook Pro…

  • Whysohappy?

    You argue the same thing about Mark Zuckerberg. All he did was start a website. He was “just a businessman”. Yet you’d be a fool to say that Facebook has not had an enormous impact on the way we socialize with each other, how connected our daily lives our to each other and to the Internet. No one can say how long before Facebook becomes the next MySpace, but Facebook has forever cemented in our culture the linkage between friends and the Internet.

    Steve Jobs helped usher in a new age of culture and electronics. Before Jobs and the iPhone and iPod, who could have possibly dreamed that our phones would become personal computers, capable of doing everything from watching movies to checking your heartbeat.

    Perhaps it is wrong to deify Steve Jobs. Perhaps there is a little too much worship being given to him. But you are a fool to simply write him off as “just a businessman”.

  • hoh

    obv you do not know who steve jobs is, first a Visionary

  • rollingblue

    Steve Jobs was at the very top of his field, with a huge influence on world technologies. Calling him “just a business man is like saying Picasso was just an artist: it’s true, but it’s also a huge understatement. He was the best of the best.

  • drmar120

    True enough, Jobs was a great businessman and tough taskmaster to anyone who worked for or with him. Probably not fun to be around. But he wielded a vision of consumer technology that no one has equaled since maybe Henry Ford. His senses of esthetics and functionality were at the highest level; no one alive is even close. But the reaction to his death is over the top. And I think the reason is because of the almost total dearth of real leadership in the worlds of finance and politics. The banksters have put us all on the brink of doom in order to collect fat bonuses. The leading politicians of the world are, for the most part, gutless or corrupt or incompetent. In comparison to them, Jobs was a kind of paragon. As another poster put it: “Best of the best.” That is why is death, IMO, affected so many people so strongly. There is, at present, no one who can replace him.

  • bugaloo

    If there is a movie I would hope it has the courage to paint Jobs as one of the biggest, most condescending and insulting jerks imaginable to work with, as several people I know have confirmed. (Yes they actually worked under him.)

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  • Miles

    Don’t hate! In my humble opinion, any man who played a major role in bringing the joys of Pixar to our screens, and helped to develop the hand-helds that allow us to enjoy these and other great cinematic works on-the-go, deserves some posthumous recognition…my life is certainly better for his input…what have you done for the world lately Matt?

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  • Arya Yuyutsu

    Calling Jobs a businessman is like calling Van Gogh a painter, Pavarotti a singer and Rowan Atkinson an actor. They’re artists, all of them (alright, I’m an Atkinson fan!) and you, my dear friend, would do well to remember that.

    Besides, great movies need sparks. We had the Social Network which was more than decent. There was Forrest Gump (a retarded chap), The Pianist (a pianist?!) and Shawshank Redemption (a criminal!?) and they all made for great movies. It’s the treatment that matters. Besides, Jobs’ artistry and idealistic speeches coupled with the visionary he was makes for a great basis for a story worth telling and, possibly, re-telling.

    Oh, and Godfather was about a mafioso – no ‘campaign for social justice or (attempt) to stop wars’!