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Earlier this month, Sony Pictures acquired the movie rights to Walter Isaacson's authorized biography of Steve Jobs, seeking to adapt the story for the big screen. Sony was viewed as being a good fit for the film, as the studio's Columbia Pictures arm had successfully transitioned the story of Facebook to film with last year's release of The Social Network.

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Aaron Sorkin
The writer behind The Social Network was Aaron Sorkin, who also gained fame for his work on A Few Good Men, The West Wing, and most recently Moneyball. And according to The Los Angeles Times, Sony is once again trying to pair up with Sorkin for the Steve Jobs screenplay.
Sony is moving forward with a Steve Jobs movie based on Isaacson's book. And one of the writers being courted by producers to pen his story, according to a person who was briefed on the project but not authorized to speak about it publicly, is Aaron Sorkin, Hollywood's chronicler-in-chief of the complicated visionary.

The "Moneyball" and "Social Network" writer was said by the person to be considering the prospect but had made no decisions. Sony and a Sorkin representative declined to comment on the writer's potential involvement.
Sorkin and Jobs actually did have a bit of history with each other, as Jobs had tried to convince Sorkin to write a film for Pixar, a proposal Sorkin declined because he didn't "think [he could] make inanimate objects talk."
STEVE: Once you make them talk they won't be inanimate.

ME: The truth is I don't know how to tell those stories. I have a young kid who loves Pixar movies and she'll turn cartwheels if I tell her I'm writing one and I don't want to disappoint her by writing the only bad movie in the history of Pixar.
A timeline for the potential Jobs movie is not yet firmed up, and casting is obviously still a ways off. Former ER star Noah Wyle, who played Jobs in the 1999 made-for-TV film Pirates of Silicon Valley, has expressed interest in reprising the role.
Are you kidding? I would give my eye teeth, in the heartbeat, of a New York minute. There are certain roles you wish you could tackle over and over again. That's one for me.
Isaacson's Steve Jobs experienced very strong pre-orders and early sales, and is headed toward the top of Amazon's list top-selling books for 2011, currently ranked #12.

Article Link: Sony Courting Aaron Sorkin to Write Screenplay for Steve Jobs Movie?
 

dagamer34

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This is one of those times when I hope everything false into place to make for a great film. And I do hope Noah Wyle gets cast as Jobs again. That would be epic!

On another note, where the hell is Pirates of Silicon Valley on Blu-ray?!?! o_O
 
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jbass

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If this movie does move forward, nobody *but* Sorkin should be allowed to write the screenplay.
 
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kolax

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I would love it if this happened.

Pirates of Silicon Valley was awesome, but a movie that just focused on Steve's story would be even better. I'm about 10% through his biography, and I can actually imagine everything so far being able to be transitioned to the screen.

Wonder how they'd adapt it though? A story like Pirates of Silicon Valley, or as a narrated sequence, with most of the people who were interviewed speaking their parts and appearing on the big screen as they do so?

I'd prefer it as a story.. act out what folk said Steve was like.

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alex00100

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umm... book - ok... such topic on every forum - ok... cancelled android 4 or something presentation - ok... lots of other stuff - ok... but a movie... thats too much for a person. take compassion on him!
 
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ArtOfWarfare

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While I did like The Social Network, I don't like that picture of the scriptwriter. His smile looks... wrong. Something about it says "Hey, I'm all for screwing people out of their money!"
 
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*LTD*

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Sorkin and Jobs actually did have a bit of history with each other, as Jobs had tried to convince Sorkin to write a film for Pixar, a proposal Sorkin declined because he didn't "think [he could] make inanimate objects talk."
Quote:

STEVE: Once you make them talk they won't be inanimate.

Classic Jobs. Amazing that he knew everyone else's business better than even they did, and could see possibilities where, for some reason, no one else saw them.
 
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paul4339

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that's so weird, refusing Jobs to write a story for Pixar, but end up writing a story about Jobs.
:eek:
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I am really not a fan of the movies listed as his referenced work. Whomever does this story really needs to work closely with Issiacson, and any others who actually knew Steve Jobs personally.

Honestly If I had a choice, I would choose to pay for the audio recordings Issiacson has of Jobs, over any movie anybody would make.
 
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roadbloc

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Okay. It's officially getting stupid now. But I guess they'll keep milking the cash cow until everyone has lost interest.
 
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nostaws

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I don’t want to disappoint her by writing the only bad movie in the history of Pixar.
Note to Sorkin:
It's cool if you write a Pixar movie now. With the release of Cars 2, if your Pixar script/movie tanks it won't be the ONLY one.
 
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Consultant

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I hope Sony won't replace Apple products with sony products and pcs in this movie (they stuff The Social Network with sony product placements).
 
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Dr McKay

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This is one of those times when I hope everything false into place to make for a great film. And I do hope Noah Wyle gets cast as Jobs again. That would be epic!

On another note, where the hell is Pirates of Silicon Valley on Blu-ray?!?! o_O

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