Ashton Kutcher may have been spotted trying on Steve Jobs' signature outfit recently for a film, but Sony Pictures is putting together a major studio adaptation of the Apple co-founder's life and it just landed a huge name: screenwriter Aaron Sorkin. He will be adapting Walter Isaacson's best-selling authorized biography, the studio announced today, and there's little doubt Sorkin has the chops. Not only did he pen the adaption of David Fincher's The Social Network, but Sorkin's also the man behind shows such as The West Wing, Sports Night, and the upcoming HBO series The Newsroom. Jobs and Sorkin actually knew each other personally, with Jobs reaching out to the writer some years ago about writing a Pixar film; Sorkin declined.
The studio optioned Isaacson's book last year at a cost of $1 million, just days after Jobs passed away. It had been rumored to be in pursuit of Sorkin ever since. With the deal finally in place, we won't deny that we're excited to see such a high-profile project get the A-list attention it deserves. In connection with the announcement, Sony Pictures Entertainment Co-Chairman Amy Pascal stated that "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."