Aaron Sorkin on Steve Jobs Movie Portrayal: He's 'Part Hero, Part Anti-Hero'

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  1. macrumors bot


    Apr 12, 2001

    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.
    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'
  2. macrumors 65816


    Jun 3, 2009
    SF Bay Area
    Pretty excited for this. Leo is my favorite actor, so to see his as Jobs would be awesome.
  3. macrumors 68040

    Sep 4, 2009
    With this many movies about Steve, when will we see an adaptation of a masculine Joan of Arc (Steve of Arc?) storyline movie?
  4. macrumors newbie

    Aug 22, 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.
  5. macrumors regular

    Mar 2, 2012
  6. macrumors 65816

    Jun 20, 2008
    Part of the old MR guard.
  7. macrumors 603


    Aug 2, 2002
    Cork, Ireland.
    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".
  8. macrumors 68000

    Four oF NINE

    Sep 28, 2011
    The Calculator
  9. macrumors 68000


    Mar 7, 2012
    dicaprio portraying jobs, wow that's a tough sell.
  10. macrumors 6502

    Jun 28, 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.
  11. macrumors 6502

    Nov 29, 2007
    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.)
  12. macrumors 601


    Feb 4, 2004
    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.
  13. macrumors P6

    Jun 22, 2009

    ..or Frank Abagnale
  14. macrumors 65816

    Apr 16, 2004
    Drifting through space in a broken escape pod
    Just like a keynote!
  15. macrumors 603


    Aug 2, 2002
    Cork, Ireland.
    It would be very, very cool if this film could have a "One more thing..." moment!
  16. Contributing Editor

    Aug 27, 2008
    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
  17. macrumors newbie

    Jan 25, 2014
    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.
  18. macrumors 65816


    Jan 4, 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?

  19. Guest

    Oct 19, 2012
    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.
  20. macrumors regular

    Mar 3, 2012
    In a Toaster
    Why not Noah Wyle? From Pirates of Silicon Valley

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