While it has been talked about for months, it has been officially confirmed today that Aaron Sorkin, the Oscar winning screenwriter and creator of “The West Wing, has been tapped to write Sony’s Steve Jobs biopic.
The news came in a press release from Sony, which you can read below:.
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.
Sony’s film, unlike the Ashton Kutcher version shooting now, will be based on the authorized biography by Walter Isaacson. Interesting to see how the differences between the two films will be played out