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Screenwriter Aaron Sorkin says that writing about Steve Jobs is similar to writing about The Beatles

May. 30, 2012by: Niki Stephens
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Aaron Sorkin is the right man to get to write your biopic. So it was a good thing that Sony landed him for the one on Steve Jobs.

Sorkin will use Walter Isaacsons bestselling biography on Jobs as a guideline. However, the task is still a delicate one. During the AllThingsD conference today, Sorkin said this about the biopic: It is a little like writing about The Beatles, Sorkin said he saw a minefield of disappointment from Jobs aficionados in taking on the script." He continued on adding that it's difficult, to shake the cradle to grave approach of a book like Isaacsons when adapting it for the screen, Sorkin says his approach is going to identify the point of friction that appeals to me.

When viewing biopics, Sorkin said to think of them as, a painting, not a photograph.

Sorkin then added that whoever they pick to play Jobs should "talk fast and be smart". He remarked that "that good actors are hard to find" and this is why he liked to work with the same people.

The last bit the screenwriter noted on was the other Jobs biopic with Ashton Kutcher in the lead role. He said that Jobs was, "a big enough person, big enough life that theres room for more than one movie.

Source: Deadline

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1:40PM on 05/31/2012

wow

anyone else think he looks EXACTLY like Val Kilmer?!?!?!?!? BATMAN FOREVER WILL LIVE ON!!... FOREVER!
anyone else think he looks EXACTLY like Val Kilmer?!?!?!?!? BATMAN FOREVER WILL LIVE ON!!... FOREVER!
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5:11AM on 05/31/2012
i want to see mark strong as jobs at least when he's a bit older
i want to see mark strong as jobs at least when he's a bit older
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1:24AM on 05/31/2012
This guy is one of my heroes, his stuff is so clever and sophisticated yet somehow accessible and very entertaining, and that's a tough balance to strike for a screenwriter. He's been able to inject cinematic magic into real-life stories like with The Social Network and Moneyball, and I can't wait to see what he'll do with the Steve Jobs story. This will probably blow the Ashton Kutcher one right out of the water.
This guy is one of my heroes, his stuff is so clever and sophisticated yet somehow accessible and very entertaining, and that's a tough balance to strike for a screenwriter. He's been able to inject cinematic magic into real-life stories like with The Social Network and Moneyball, and I can't wait to see what he'll do with the Steve Jobs story. This will probably blow the Ashton Kutcher one right out of the water.
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12:57AM on 05/31/2012
He just looks so intelligent.
He just looks so intelligent.
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11:49PM on 05/30/2012
Are we doing a "cast this" for Jobs? I can see Ed Norton fitting the role (if not the appearance). Maybe Zack Quinto if the film focuses on just his younger years. Almost anyone will be better than Ashton.
Are we doing a "cast this" for Jobs? I can see Ed Norton fitting the role (if not the appearance). Maybe Zack Quinto if the film focuses on just his younger years. Almost anyone will be better than Ashton.
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10:37PM on 05/30/2012

This guy rules

He understands what a good story and dialogue is all about. They have one important piece of the puzzle, Sorkin, but they now need to get someone worthy of playing jobs. Sorkin is right, a good actor is hard to come by. I have faith in this project.
He understands what a good story and dialogue is all about. They have one important piece of the puzzle, Sorkin, but they now need to get someone worthy of playing jobs. Sorkin is right, a good actor is hard to come by. I have faith in this project.
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