Earlier reports have been confirmed that Oscar-winning screenwriter, Aaron Sorkin (The Social Network), will adapt the Steve Jobs biography for Sony Pictures. The Walter Isaacson-penned biography, titled simply, “Steve Jobs,” came out a few weeks after the business mogul’s death last October; reports quickly started circulating that Sony was courting Sorkin to adapt it. While the rumors that Noah Wyle and George Clooney are in the running to portray Jobs have not been confirmed, Sorkin is officially attached. Also, please keep in mind that this is not the Ashton Kutcher indie biopic, Jobs, which was scripted by Matt Whiteley. Hit the jump for more on Sorkin and the Steve Jobs biopic.
Fans of Sorkin will be happy to hear that the award-winning writer will be handling the adaptation of the polarizing figure, Steve Jobs. Here’s what Amy Pascal, co-chairman of Sony Pictures Entertainment said in an earlier press release:
“Steve Jobs’ story is unique: he was one of the most revolutionary and influential men not just of our time but of all time. There is no writer working in Hollywood today who is more capable of capturing such an extraordinary life for the screen than Aaron Sorkin; in his hands, we’re confident that the film will be everything that Jobs himself was: captivating, entertaining, and polarizing.”
As for Sorkin, he will also make his motion picture directorial debut with a film based on “The Politician,” a best-seller by Andrew Young that chronicles the downfall of former Senator John Edwards. Sorkin will adapt the book and also produce. His newest television series, HBO’s The Newsroom, is set to premiere on June 24th. Sorkin will also return to Broadway in his debut as a librettist with his production of “Houdini” based on the life of the legendary magician. The musical will feature music and lyrics by Oscar/Grammy-winner, Stephen Schwartz and stars Hugh Jackman.