Aaron Sorkin To Adapt ‘Steve Jobs’ For Sony Pictures
Thoroughly thumbs-up worthy news of the day: Sony Pictures Entertainment and Columbia Pictures have today announced that Academy Award-winning screenwriter and master writer, Aaron Sorkin, will adapt ‘Steve Jobs,’ a feature film based on the best-selling biography of the legendary Apple co-founder by award-winning journalist Walter Isaacson. Released a few weeks after the business mogul’s death last October, ‘Steve Jobs’ was Amazon.com’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 2011, according to Publisher’s Weekly. Over the last few weeks, the likes of George Clooney and Noah Wyle have been rumoured to be in the running to play the Apple-icon for this particular adaptation. Please keep in mind that this is not the Ashton Kutcher-starring indie biopic, ‘Jobs,’ which is being directed by Joshua Michael Stern (Swing Vote) and scripted by Matt Whiteley.
Commenting on the announcement, Amy Pascal, Co-Chairman of Sony Pictures Entertainment, said, “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.”
Sorkin won the Academy Award for Best Adapted Screenplay for his work on ‘The Social Network.’ His other screenplays include last years ‘Moneyball,’ ‘Charlie Wilson’s War,’ ‘The American President,’ ‘Malice,’ and ‘A Few Good Men.’ He has also acquired the motion picture rights to ‘The Politician,’ the best-selling book by Andrew Young about the downfall of former Senator John Edwards. He will adapt the book and make his directorial debut with the film, which he will also produce.
For television, Sorkin created ‘The West Wing,’ ‘Sports Night,’ and ‘Studio 60 on the Sunset Strip.’ He is currently in production on the HBO series ‘The Newsroom,’ which is scheduled to premiere on June 24th in the US. For the stage, Sorkin wrote ‘A Few Good Men’ and ‘Making Movies’; he returned to Broadway in 2007 with ‘The Farnsworth Invention.’ Sorkin will return to the theater and make his Broadway debut as a librettist with the 2013-2014 production of ‘Houdini.’ Based on the life of legendary magician Harry Houdini, the musical will star Hugh Jackman and will feature music and lyrics by Oscar and Grammy winner Stephen Schwartz.
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