Steve Jobs Asked Aaron Sorkin to Write a Pixar Film

     October 11, 2011


Following the extremely sad death of Apple CEO and co-founder Steve Jobs, an outpouring of love followed in the form of heartfelt statements, serving as a testament to Jobs’ innovation and character. Among those who wrote a few words about the visionary was screenwriter/God of Words Aaron Sorkin. The Academy Award-winning scribe behind The Social Network and The West Wing recounted the last phone call he ever got from Jobs, in which he asked Sorkin to write a Pixar movie. Hit the jump to see how the conversation went.

aaron-sorkin-imageIn Sorkin’s piece, he talked about his friendship with Jobs. Apparently the Apple CEO had made a few encouraging phone calls to the writer over the years. During their final phone conversation, Jobs asked Sorkin if he would consider writing a Pixar movie. The scribe immediately declined, saying he would be no good at writing an animated movie. Per the Newsweek (via Vulture) article, the rest of the conversation went like this:

AARON: I just—I don’t think I can make inanimate objects talk.

STEVE: Once you make them talk they won’t be inanimate.

AARON: The truth is I don’t know how to tell those stories. I have a young kid who loves Pixar movies and she’ll turn cartwheels if I tell her I’m writing one and I don’t want to disappoint her by writing the only bad movie in the history of Pixar.

(long silence)

STEVE: Jeez … write about THAT.

AARON: Steve—

STEVE: Why don’t you come up here and let me give you a tour of the place.

Sorkin goes on to say that he never did take Jobs up on the tour offer, but he still keeps thinking about that Pixar movie. It would be pretty incredible to see a Sorkin-scripted Pixar flick. Sorkin’s knack for romantic storytelling and Pixar’s emotionality seem like the perfect pairing. It’s kind of fantastic to think that Jobs was intent on getting the scribe to write an animated film. Always thinking outside the box.



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  • ak21

    c’mon sorkin! a lot of the best films in movie history were HUGE risks! star wars, citizen kane, jaws, rocky, take a chance, try something new. i’d rather see a sorkin/pixar film with the HUGE potential to be awesome or fail than see another cars 2. pixar needs a rebound, this would be an interesting direction to take, and i hope they are developing something vastly different than the standard pixar style. if for nothing else than to add too, or push the limits of what they can do.

  • Christopher Olson

    When I read that headline, I thought it meant a film ABOUT Pixar. Now that would be something.

    • Titus

      That’s an fantastic idea! Or a film about Steve Jobs himself, which would include Pixar. I would totally see that movie!

  • D.R.D.G

    Sorkin should write a film about Steve Jobs

  • Al

    Well the pressure’s off after Cars 2. Not better time to jump on Sorkin!

  • pills_26


    Ok… probably safer for me Aaron Sorkin never wrote a Pixar film, otherwise my brain would surely explode from pure rainbows and chocolate fudge brownies.

    But seriously? You want me to hate cancer even more??

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  • billyjean

    if Sorkin writes a movie for Pixar, one of the old Pixar directors would come back and direct it. heck, it might be the most witty script since Brad Bird’s films(especially Ratatouille)

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  • Phil Beta

    Brad Bird has done his part. Now it’s your turn Aaron. Without an outsider Pixar may actually start losing its magic.

  • ElGorcho

    Ugh, just stay away Sorkin, the last thing Pixar films need are heavy handed messages and bloated dialogue.

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