While there’s already a Steve Jobs biopic in production, starring Ashton Kutcher, which concentrates on the Apple founder’s early days, Sony is pushing ahead with its semi-official version, hiring Academy Award winning screenwriter Aaron Sorkin to adapt Walter Isaacson’s best-selling biography.
Published late last year, Steve Jobs was Amazon’s best-selling book of 2011. In addition, the biography ranked #1 among bestselling hardcover books by a 2:1 margin, with sales of 2,246,569 in the US in 2011, according to Publisher’s Weekly. Aaron Sorkin won the Academy Award for Best Adapted Screenplay for his work on The Social Network. His other screenplays include Moneyball, Charlie Wilson’s War, The American President, Malice, and A Few Good Men.
Sony co-chairman Amy Pascal commented, “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.” (Source: THR)