Aaron Sorkin, the Oscar-winning screenwriter behind The Social Network, has committed himself to writing Steve Jobs, a biopic on the late Apple CEO and co-founder. But, as he revealed in a recent interview, he will not be following the traditional cradle-to-the-grave format found in most life-based dramas.
"I'm probably going to identify points of fiction that interest me and dramatize that."
The film will be based on Walter Isaacson's best selling biography, but it will not encompass the entire text. Aaron Sorkin has yet to identify which stages of Steve Jobs' life he will focus on, as he is just at the beginning of the process.
"All I can say at this early stage of the game is that any time you see, 'the following is a true story,' you should think of it as a painting, not a photograph. There are so many people out there that know so much about [Steve Jobs]. If I could ask [him] any questions right now, I would ask him, 'What's that magic trick? How does that work?'
Jobs is another biopic currently in the works that stars Ashton Kutcher as the tech innovator. Aaron Sorkin isn't worried about the competition at all. Not because he is overly confident about his own skills as a screenwriter, but because he sees room in the market place for two Steve Jobs biopics. About finding the perfect Steve Jobs for his film, the writer seemed hesitant.
"They're going to have to talk fast and going to have to be smart. A lot of things actors can fake, but not intelligence."