Sorkin, who won an Oscar for “The Social Network,” his script about Facebook’s Mark Zuckerberg, will adapt Walter Isaacson‘s biography of Jobs for the film. Sony Pictures is producing.
“Steve Jobs’ story is unique: He was one of the most revolutionary and influential men not just of our time but of all time,” Sony Pictures co-chairman Amy Pascal says. “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 project is one of two movies about Jobs in development. The other, “Jobs,” is an indie release that’s set to star Ashton Kutcher as Jobs and Josh Gad (“The Book of Mormon”) as Apple’s other founder, Steve Wozniak. “Jobs” is scheduled for release next year, but Sony’s movie doesn’t have a timetable (or a director) yet.
Sorkin, meanwhile, is also working on his new HBO series “The Newsroom” and will write and direct “The Politician,” about the downfall of former senator and vice-presidential candidate John Edwards.