So, it looks like Aaron Sorkin (screenwriter, The Social Network) will be the pen behind the adaptation of Walter Isaacson’s Steve Jobs. For the record, this is NOT the biopic that Aston Kutcher is starring in (seen here)…which is good. While Kutcher may have the look of Jobs, I don’t have faith in his chops…(acting chops, not those incredible beard burns).
I am a bit of a Jobs mark, and if you know anything about him, he was a complete dynamic, personality. I read the book (and, you should too…its F’n incredible), and it is nowhere near flattering for most of Jobs’ life. The person they pick will have to be comfortable and capable of playing a character that you can loathe, but still recognize the genius of. If anyone has seen the 1999 TV movie Pirates of Silicone Valley, Noah Wyle did a pretty good young Jobs job, and now he is at the perfect age to pull off an uncanny resemblance to old AND young Steve…but, I don’t know.
So…who should play Jobs? (and if you say Jesse Eisenberg, I will fight you)…Who should play Bill Gates, or Woz?…
Here is the full press release from Sony Pictures Entertainment Co-Chairman, Amy Pascal;
AARON SORKIN TO ADAPT “STEVE JOBS” FOR SONY PICTURES
Film to be Based on Walter Isaacson’s Best Selling Biography of Late Apple Co-Founder-
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’s Weekly.
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.”