I guess it’s not really a surprise that Aaron Sorkin has been chosen to adapt Walter Isaacson’s “Steve Jobs.” He is, after all, Hollywood’s seeming go to guy for Very Important Nonfiction Adaptations.
I haven’t had a chance to read Isaacson’s book (though I thought he did a good job with his Einstein bio), but I’m sure Sorkin won’t think it is dramatic enough. Maybe he’ll suggest that Jobs helped launch the personal computing revolution because of his longing to develop a relationship with his natural father. Maybe he will have him choose the name Apple because of a free spirited hippie girl he met during his young Woodstockian days. Maybe he will have him approve the design of the iPod because it reminds him of his grandmother’s house.
Here is an excerpt from the press release:
CULVER CITY, Calif., May 15, 2012 – Academy Award® winning screenwriter Aaron Sorkin will adapt Steve Jobs, a motion picture based on the best-selling biography of the legendary Apple co-founder by award-winning journalist Walter Isaacson, it was announced today by Amy Pascal, Co-Chairman of Sony Pictures Entertainment, and Doug Belgrad, President of Columbia Pictures. The project is being produced by Mark Gordon, Scott Rudin and Guymon Casady.
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 2011, according to Publisher’sWeekly.
Commenting on the announcement, Pascal 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.”
Of course casting will be the interesting thing. Whatever will they do with Ashton Kutcher already shooting another jobs biopic?