Go Back   MacRumors Forums > News and Article Discussion > Mac Blog Discussion

Reply
 
Thread Tools Search this Thread Display Modes
Old Apr 21, 2014, 10:27 PM   #1
MacRumors
macrumors bot
 
Join Date: Apr 2001
Aaron Sorkin on Steve Jobs Movie Portrayal: He's 'Part Hero, Part Anti-Hero'




Screenwriter Aaron Sorkin has revealed more information about his script for the Steve Jobs movie while speaking at the Tribeca Film Festival on Monday night to Mashable, telling the site his movie isn't a traditional biopic or the story of Steve Jobs.
Quote:
"It's not a biopic; it's not the story of Steve Jobs -- it's something much different than that,"*Sorkin said. "He's a fascinating guy -- part hero, part antihero."
Sorkin declined to comment on today's report from The Hollywood Reporter saying that Slumdog Millionaire director Danny Boyle was in talks to direct the Steve Jobs movie with Leonardo DiCaprio potentially starring as the Apple co-founder. Instead, he said that he wanted the movie to speak for itself and that Jobs was a "fascinating guy" surrounded by "fascinating people" and had "very interesting relationships in his life".

Additionally, Sorkin revealed that the film, which he referred to as Steve Jobs, was one of the few times in his career he set out to write what he wanted to write and that it was an "incredibly satisfying" feeling.

The script, which Sorkin completed in January, uses material from Walter Isaacson's Steve Jobs biography and will focus on three 30-minute scenes ahead of three product launches. No potential release date has been announced.

Article Link: Aaron Sorkin on Steve Jobs Movie Portrayal: He's 'Part Hero, Part Anti-Hero'
MacRumors is offline   0 Reply With Quote
Old Apr 21, 2014, 10:28 PM   #2
impulse462
macrumors 65816
 
impulse462's Avatar
 
Join Date: Jun 2009
Location: SF Bay Area
Pretty excited for this. Leo is my favorite actor, so to see his as Jobs would be awesome.
__________________
13.3" MacBook Air, 1.3GHz Core i5, 4GB RAM, 128GB SSD; 16GB Space Gray iPhone 6
impulse462 is online now   1 Reply With Quote
Old Apr 21, 2014, 10:30 PM   #3
CFreymarc
macrumors 68020
 
Join Date: Sep 2009
With this many movies about Steve, when will we see an adaptation of a masculine Joan of Arc (Steve of Arc?) storyline movie?
CFreymarc is offline   0 Reply With Quote
Old Apr 21, 2014, 10:30 PM   #4
tascon
macrumors newbie
 
Join Date: Aug 2012
Can't wait to see the movie...

... I am very excited about this motion picture. The expectations may be too high, though, which can result in dissapointment.
tascon is offline   0 Reply With Quote
Old Apr 21, 2014, 11:21 PM   #5
lzyprson
macrumors regular
 
Join Date: Mar 2012
This better be good Sorkin!
lzyprson is offline   0 Reply With Quote
Old Apr 22, 2014, 04:32 AM   #6
rekhyt
macrumors 6502a
 
Join Date: Jun 2008
Location: Part of the old MR guard.
The Wolf of Cupertino.

The Great Jobs.
__________________
iPhone 4 (8GB) // iPad 3rd gen // MacBook Air 11" ('11) // Magic Mouse
rekhyt is offline   1 Reply With Quote
Old Apr 22, 2014, 05:23 AM   #7
whooleytoo
macrumors 603
 
whooleytoo's Avatar
 
Join Date: Aug 2002
Location: Cork, Ireland.
Send a message via AIM to whooleytoo
A couple of strange comments in the article - the Steve Jobs movie isn't the story of Steve Jobs? And he's setting out to write what he wants to write? I'd have thought if it's a true story, there's less freedom for a screenwriter.

It sounds a bit like this will be a very fictionalised version, "inspired by the life of Jobs".
__________________
Mac <- Macintosh <- McIntosh apples <- John McIntosh <- McIntosh surname <- "Mac an toshach" <- "Son of the Chief"
whooleytoo is offline   2 Reply With Quote
Old Apr 22, 2014, 05:47 AM   #8
Four oF NINE
macrumors 65816
 
Four oF NINE's Avatar
 
Join Date: Sep 2011
Location: Soviet Union
Quote:
Originally Posted by rekhyt View Post
The Wolf of Cupertino.

The Great Jobs.
The Calculator
__________________
13 inch 2012 MBP SSD Gold & White iPhone 5S 64gb, Yellow iPhone 5C 2 Apple TVs White iPad Air & iPad Mini Airport Time Capsule & Airport Extreme iPod classic and iPod shuffle
Four oF NINE is offline   0 Reply With Quote
Old Apr 22, 2014, 05:50 AM   #9
Tankmaze
macrumors 65816
 
Tankmaze's Avatar
 
Join Date: Mar 2012
dicaprio portraying jobs, wow that's a tough sell.
__________________
Check out our game Tank Maze
Tankmaze is offline   4 Reply With Quote
Old Apr 22, 2014, 07:14 AM   #10
ProVideo
macrumors 6502
 
Join Date: Jun 2011
I think Leonardo DiCaprio is a good actor, but it's hard for me to buy any role he's in. He's too well known to not see him as a famous & well known celebrity actor obviously playing a role.

The Basketball Diaries and Gilbert Grape were easy to digest & get lost in the story because he was relatively unknown when they were released. Everything after Titanic, he just became too recognizable for his public persona. This is one of the main reasons why I couldn't take Ashton Kutcher's portrayal seriously either.

He's also too Anglo looking to play Jobs IMO. Not even some contacts and hair dye are going to make him look half Syrian. I wasn't a fan of the Kutcher film, but he's a much better I choice in terms of looking like Jobs.

I'm still hoping they can work out a deal with David Fincher to direct and Christian Bale to play Jobs.
ProVideo is offline   1 Reply With Quote
Old Apr 22, 2014, 08:03 AM   #11
foobarbaz
macrumors 6502
 
Join Date: Nov 2007
Quote:
Originally Posted by Tankmaze View Post
dicaprio portraying jobs, wow that's a tough sell.
In my experience the number one factor people use when judging documentaries is: How much does the guy look like the real guy.

Sad, but true. And the more famous the subject, the worse it gets. (Nobody cared when DiCaprio didn't look like Jordan Belfort or Howard Hughes.)
foobarbaz is offline   2 Reply With Quote
Old Apr 22, 2014, 09:27 AM   #12
BornAgainMac
macrumors 601
 
BornAgainMac's Avatar
 
Join Date: Feb 2004
Location: Florida Resident
I am trying to understand this 3 30 minute scenes around product launches storyline. It could be interesting but I would like to see the movie start with him in 1997 till 2011 timeline.
BornAgainMac is offline   1 Reply With Quote
Old Apr 22, 2014, 09:38 AM   #13
samcraig
macrumors G5
 
Join Date: Jun 2009
Quote:
Originally Posted by foobarbaz View Post
In my experience the number one factor people use when judging documentaries is: How much does the guy look like the real guy.

Sad, but true. And the more famous the subject, the worse it gets. (Nobody cared when DiCaprio didn't look like Jordan Belfort or Howard Hughes.)

..or Frank Abagnale
samcraig is online now   0 Reply With Quote
Old Apr 22, 2014, 10:26 AM   #14
mrxak
macrumors 65816
 
Join Date: Apr 2004
Location: Drifting through space in a broken escape pod
Quote:
Originally Posted by tascon View Post
... I am very excited about this motion picture. The expectations may be too high, though, which can result in dissapointment.
Just like a keynote!
__________________
Phones Will Kill You
mrxak is offline   0 Reply With Quote
Old Apr 22, 2014, 10:33 AM   #15
whooleytoo
macrumors 603
 
whooleytoo's Avatar
 
Join Date: Aug 2002
Location: Cork, Ireland.
Send a message via AIM to whooleytoo
Quote:
Originally Posted by mrxak View Post
Just like a keynote!
It would be very, very cool if this film could have a "One more thing..." moment!
__________________
Mac <- Macintosh <- McIntosh apples <- John McIntosh <- McIntosh surname <- "Mac an toshach" <- "Son of the Chief"
whooleytoo is offline   0 Reply With Quote
Old Apr 22, 2014, 11:30 AM   #16
MacTouch786
Contributing Editor
 
Join Date: Aug 2008
Quote:
Originally Posted by whooleytoo View Post
A couple of strange comments in the article - the Steve Jobs movie isn't the story of Steve Jobs? And he's setting out to write what he wants to write? I'd have thought if it's a true story, there's less freedom for a screenwriter.

It sounds a bit like this will be a very fictionalised version, "inspired by the life of Jobs".
What Sorkin likely means is that, unlike other biopics, the movie won't be about the life of Jobs. For instance, the Ashton Kutcher movie was more about Jobs' life, this won't be. And that the underlying themes or message won't be about Jobs either, but about something different. He'll be using those three 30-minute scenes, based off of the stuff in Isaacson's book, to illustrate that.

When he says he wrote what he wants to wrote, he's probably referring to two things: the movie he wanted to write when he started the script is what he ended up with. Usually when writing a movie, screenwriters change things dramatically when they realize what they wanted doesn't work so well. It could be that Sorkin's ideas worked for him all the way through his writing process. It could also mean that he had very little studio interference and that Sony is giving him free reign to do what he thinks is best.

- Husain
MacTouch786 is offline   0 Reply With Quote
Old Apr 22, 2014, 02:59 PM   #17
agffth
macrumors newbie
 
Join Date: Jan 2014
Location: Central IL
Jordan Belfort, Howard Hughes

..or Frank Abagnale

I didn't know what any of these guys looked like until the movie. Most people know what Steve Jobs looks like.
__________________
Macbook Air 13" iPhone 5S white\silver
agffth is offline   0 Reply With Quote
Old Apr 24, 2014, 11:43 PM   #18
xbjllb
macrumors 65816
 
xbjllb's Avatar
 
Join Date: Jan 2008
Yet again

EPIC miscasting, just to try and grab Hollywood boxoffice.

Did it ever occur to anyone involved EVERYONE knows what Steve Jobs looks like?

xbjllb is offline   0 Reply With Quote
Old Apr 25, 2014, 07:17 AM   #19
Felasco
Guest
 
Join Date: Oct 2012
Quote:
....it's not the story of Steve Jobs -- it's something much different than that, Sorkin said. "He's a fascinating guy -- part hero, part antihero."
I like the sound of this.

I agree, Job's life story has now been told many times in films and documentaries, and it's time to focus on the larger issues his life so richly illustrates.

What makes Jobs so interesting, imho, is the larger than life "part hero, part antihero" holistic qualities of his character.

In any story, if the lead character is all good or all bad, it quickly becomes boring. It's the conflicts between good and bad within any human being that makes us fascinating, and creates the necessary story arc.

What makes Jobs interesting is that he was a BIG person, containing both genius and less flattering qualities in more than ample measure. This is rich material for examining the human condition in a compelling manner.

What would you sacrifice for power and fame, to be creative on a large scale, to change the world, to get really rich? What price would you pay to get everything you want? These are questions of Shakespearean scale that reflect upon the human condition at large, and help us examine the world that Jobs has created.

These are large questions that go far beyond Jobs the person, because thanks in part to Jobs, all of us are entering a brave new digital world where it will be increasingly possible to get anything we want.

The future that Jobs helped create is not going to be only the wonderful ice cream and cookies that Apple marketing might suggest. It will also be, just as Job's himself learned, full of prices to pay.

Would you give up your first born child to reach your dreams? You won't really know the answer to that question until the Mac experience one day can deliver that which you most deeply want.

Most of us don't even know what we most deeply want, because the limitations of the real world usually make the question irrelevant. The digital world that Jobs helped create is going to change that.

Jobs was sort of the Jesus of our time, setting loose historic forces of good and evil that none of us can yet fully imagine.
Felasco is offline   0 Reply With Quote
Old Apr 25, 2014, 08:26 AM   #20
sliceoftoast
macrumors regular
 
Join Date: Mar 2012
Location: In a Toaster
Why not Noah Wyle? From Pirates of Silicon Valley
__________________
Late 2013 Mac Pro, 3.5GHz 6 core, 16GB, 1TB, D300's | 27inch Thunderbolt display
If your a sliceoftoast, does that make your mother a loafofbread?
sliceoftoast is offline   0 Reply With Quote

Reply
MacRumors Forums > News and Article Discussion > Mac Blog Discussion

Thread Tools Search this Thread
Search this Thread:

Advanced Search
Display Modes

Similar Threads
thread Thread Starter Forum Replies Last Post
Christian Bale Top Choice to Play Steve Jobs in Biopic Written by Aaron Sorkin MacRumors MacRumors.com News Discussion 196 Mar 27, 2014 09:48 PM
Aaron Sorkin Completes Screenplay for Isaacson-Based Steve Jobs Biopic MacRumors Mac Blog Discussion 60 Feb 10, 2014 09:50 AM
Aaron Sorkin's Steve Jobs Biopic: Three 30-Minute Scenes Taking Place Before Three Product Launches MacRumors MacRumors.com News Discussion 147 Jun 12, 2013 02:57 PM
Aaron Sorkin's Full Interview at D10: How to Write the Story of Steve Jobs' Life MacRumors Mac Blog Discussion 15 Jun 18, 2012 08:29 PM

Forum Jump

All times are GMT -5. The time now is 01:37 PM.

Mac Rumors | Mac | iPhone | iPhone Game Reviews | iPhone Apps

Mobile Version | Fixed | Fluid | Fluid HD
Copyright 2002-2013, MacRumors.com, LLC