Writer of Steve Jobs’ upcoming film, Aaron Sorkin confessed that writing the script is akin to “writing about The Beatles” at the D10 conference in California overnight.
The film is based on Walter Isaacson’s bestselling biography of the late Apple CEO and has left Sorkin hesitant about the potential emotional “minefield of disappointment” from Apple fans.
In the early stages of writing, Sorkin told D10 host Walt Mossberg that he is in the “process of procrastination where you try to figure out what the movie is about.”
The Oscar-winning writer for Facebook movie, The Social Network said he didn’t want to create a “cradle-to-grave” narrative of Jobs life, rather focus on interesting periods.
“I’m probably going to instead identify the point of friction that appeals to me and write about that.”
Jobs will likely fill the hero role in the Sony-produced film, with Sorkin stating he must have a hero in his movies.
“I can’t judge the character. For me has to be a hero. I have to defend the character. You want to write the character like they are making their case to God why they should go to heaven.”
In reference to the Steve Jobs biopic starring Ashton Kutcher in the lead role, Sorkin wasn’t worried.
“Steve Jobs is a big enough person that there can be multiple movies about him,” Sorkin says.
“I think that what captured the public’s attention about Steve Jobs is that he made things. I think nowadays that as Americans we see our future in service, that the days of making cars, railroads and big businesses is over. Steve Jobs said ‘no, they’re not. We still make things people want’. We do that in Hollywood too,” Sorkin said.
“I certainly hope I’m able to do it justice with Steve Jobs,”