Aaron Sorkin has officially signed on to adapt Steve Jobs, Walter Isaacson’s biography of the late Apple co-founder, Sony Pictures announced late Tuesday.
Sorkin, of course, won an Academy Award for his screenplay for The Social Network about Facebook founder Mark Zuckerberg, which led to speculation as far back as last October that he might take on the task of marshaling Jobs’ formidable life story into a workable feature-length film. “Steve Jobs’ story is unique: he was one of the most revolutionary and influential men not just of our time but of all time,” said Sony Pictures co-head Amy Pascal in a statement. “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’s plate is quite full these days. His HBO series The Newsroom is set to debut June 24. And he is still committed to adapt and direct The Politician, about the undoing of Sen. John Edwards’ promising political career as seen through the eyes of his former aide Andrew Young.
No director is attached yet to Steve Jobs, which is being produced by Mark Gordon, Scott Rudin, and Guymon Casady. Meanwhile, actor Ashton Kutcher is playing Jobs in an unrelated indie film about the technology guru.