Culver City’s Sony Corp. has hired Academy Award winning screenwriter Aaron Sorkin (The Social Network) to adapt Walter Isaacson’s biography of Steve Jobs for the big screen. Isaacson’s biography was Amazon’s best-selling book of 2011.
Sony Pictures Entertainment Co-Chairman Amy Pascal and Columbia Pictures President Doug Belgrad made the announcement. Sony bought the rights to the biography in a $1 million deal made days after Jobs passed away on Oct. 5, 2011, according to slash film.com.
“Steve Jobs’ story is unique.” Pascal stated in a written release. “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.”
Sorkin will not only write the screenplay, he’ll also direct – making it his feature film directing debut.
Aside from winning the Academy Award for Best Adapted Screenplay for The Social Network in 2010, Sorkin is probably best known for writing the television series The West Wing. Some of his other writing credits include Moneyball, Charlie Wilson’s War and A Few Good Men.
The Sorkin/Sony project is not the same one that will star Ashton Kutcher as the jeans-and-black-turtle-neck-wearing Apple guru.