Aaron Sorkin is officially tapped to write the screenplay for Sony Pictures’s biopic about Steve Jobs, the studio announced Tuesday.
The film will be based on Walter Issacson’s biography of the Apple co-founder, who died in October after a battle with cancer. No, this is not the Steve Jobs project starring the now bearded, turtleneck sporting Ashton Kutcher.
In his review of “Steve Jobs,” The Washington Post’s Michael S. Rosenwald wrote, “Isaacson has crafted a biography of a complicated, peculiar personality — Jobs was charming, loathsome, lovable, obsessive, maddening — and the author shows how Jobs’s character was instrumental in shaping some of the greatest technological innovations of our time.”
Acknowledging Jobs’s “complicated, peculiar personality,” Sony Pictures Entertainment co-chairman Amy Pascal said in the studio’s statement (via Collider), “In [Sorkin’s] hands, we’re confident that the film will be everything that Jobs himself was: captivating, entertaining, and polarizing.”
Sorkin won the best adapted screenplay Oscar in 2011 for “The Social Network,” a film about another tech titan, Mark Zuckerburg, and was nominated in the category this year for “Moneyball.” His new HBO show “Newsroom” is set to debut June 24.