Steve Jobs screenwriter examining Apple founder’s ‘dark, complicated life’

Karen Haslam
22 June, 2012
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Aaron Sorkin, the screenwriter of Sony’s biopic about Apple’s late CEO and co-founder Steve Jobs has revealed that he believes he will find the story for the film, which he is adapting from the Walter Issacson biography Steve Jobs, by juxtaposing Steve Jobs the inventor with the “complicated, oftentimes very dark life that he led”.

“There’s gonna be a story in there, now it’s my job to find it,” he told entertainment news website Vulture.

Sorkin, who won an Oscar for his screenplay of The Social Network, is turning Walter Isaacson’s Steve Jobs biography into a movie for Sony Pictures.

Sorkin told Vulture: “I don’t know yet what I’m going to be writing about him. But Steve led a very dramatic and complicated life, with very dramatic results. As flawed as he is, I think one of the reasons we’re so drawn to him is that he built things.”

“Here comes Steve Jobs, an inventor like Thomas Edison, who invented thing that we really like. I think if you juxtapose that with the complicated, oftentimes very dark life that he led, there’s gonna be a story in there. Now it’s my job to find it,” he added.

Sorkin appeared on stage at D10, revealing that has begun adapting Walter Isaacson’s best selling biography of Apple’s late co-founder for the upcoming film. Sorkin, who also adapted The Social Network, said that he wants to avoid the “cradle-to-grave” narrative that is common practice when creating a movie from a biography.

Sorkin says the film won’t be a straightforward biography and that Apple co-founder Steve Wozniak has been hired to work as a “tutor” for the film.

Sony’s movie shouldn’t be confused with the independent biopic about starring Ashton Kutcher as Steve Jobs, which is set to be released this year. The Two and a Half Men star was spotted wearing Jobs’ trademark outfit on his way to the film set.


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