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What do you think about this unorthodox story structure Aaron Sorkin has planned for his Steve Jobs biopic?

Nov. 16, 2012by: Alejandro Stepenberg

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While still without a director or a cast, Aaron Sorkin's collaboration with Sony to tell the story of Steve Jobs is slowly but surely finding its way in the world.  And considering the information revealed by Sorkin in a recent interview concerning his approach to the biopic, it sounds to me like we're in for one fascinating time.

"[T]his entire movie is going to be three scenes, and three scenes only. That all take place in real time… There will be no time cuts and each will take place before a product launch. Backstage before a product launch. The first one being the Mac, the second one being NeXT after he had left Apple and the third one being the iPod."

Sorkin wouldn't be the first to write something that took place in real time and explored the impact of a series of small moments on a person's greater life, but to my knowledge he'd be the first to do so in this context of wide-release movie-making that concerns a very well known and much talked about public figure. The approach is almost more theatrical than anything else, but considering the drama of Jobs' life that may very well be the most effective way in which to talk about the path and emotions and effects of his suitably dramatic life.

Like Apple or not, like Steve Jobs or not, this is still a cinematic experiment that seems to me to be well worth the journey.  Hopefully Sorkin's willingness to speak publicly like this means he's making some serious headway, and we'll receive information about further movement soon.  Stay tuned for more details!

P.S. I've included something else Sorkin said in the Extra Tidbit, but be warned that it does give away the potential last line of the movie.  If you are about that sort of thing.

Extra Tidbit: "I don't know if you remember the ad campaign he did - It was the 'Think Different' campaign. 'Here's to the crazy ones.' That's how it began. If I can end the movie with that text and that voice over... If I can earn that ending, then I will have written the movie that I wanted to write."
Source: The Daily Beast

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10:46PM on 11/18/2012

Dammit!

Does this mean the movie will only be 90 minutes?!? Oh well...Sorkin will do Jobs' story justice
Does this mean the movie will only be 90 minutes?!? Oh well...Sorkin will do Jobs' story justice
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2:54PM on 11/16/2012
In Sorkin I trust.

I want to see this. But I'd still like a full-fledged biopic on Jobs some time in the future.
In Sorkin I trust.

I want to see this. But I'd still like a full-fledged biopic on Jobs some time in the future.
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11:00AM on 11/16/2012

People call Sorkin a genius for going with the grain and preaching Hollywood liberal BS and then they call him some kind of free thinker. He's the opposite

Which is why he's writing the drone leader's biopic. Apple has rabid fans because simple people are easily drawn in by marketing and all Apple is is marketing. They make inferior products, put them in shiny cases, and market them as being the future. Sorkin writes pedantic liberal gospel that gets marketed and fed to people as being revolutionary. They're both wrong and they both are more reputation than execution. Now he's going to make it 3 scenes for the whole movie? So? If you're starting
Which is why he's writing the drone leader's biopic. Apple has rabid fans because simple people are easily drawn in by marketing and all Apple is is marketing. They make inferior products, put them in shiny cases, and market them as being the future. Sorkin writes pedantic liberal gospel that gets marketed and fed to people as being revolutionary. They're both wrong and they both are more reputation than execution. Now he's going to make it 3 scenes for the whole movie? So? If you're starting the whole thing with a narrative device then you're doing it wrong. Now the material will be creatively restricted to support the gimmick. Dumb.
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10:20AM on 11/16/2012
If the ashton kutcher indie Jobs movie didn't come together, I'd imagine Sorkin's treatment would be different from this.
If the ashton kutcher indie Jobs movie didn't come together, I'd imagine Sorkin's treatment would be different from this.
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9:22AM on 11/16/2012
I like it. We don't need another "cradle-to-the-grave" biopic. I like ones that focus on a specific point in time (or three in this case), which is why 'Hitchcock' looks interesting, as it's only about the making of 'Psycho'.
I like it. We don't need another "cradle-to-the-grave" biopic. I like ones that focus on a specific point in time (or three in this case), which is why 'Hitchcock' looks interesting, as it's only about the making of 'Psycho'.
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7:32AM on 11/16/2012
I'm game, so every scene has to be like 30 mins long all in real time right? It will be interesting to see how many Sorkinisms he can fit into this. I hope at one point he manages to throw in an "I hate his breathing guts" that ones my favorite because it makes no damn sense.
I'm game, so every scene has to be like 30 mins long all in real time right? It will be interesting to see how many Sorkinisms he can fit into this. I hope at one point he manages to throw in an "I hate his breathing guts" that ones my favorite because it makes no damn sense.
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7:30AM on 11/16/2012

tired of sorkin

Oh, he can definitely do it. On the premiere of newsroom, there was a scene where Jeff Daniels' producer is arguing with him. Tired of the conversation, I got up, made a burrito and ate it. When I sat back down, the same scene was still going on. Granted, I had made the pico de gallo and guac earlier in the day, but that's a freaking talky long scene.
Oh, he can definitely do it. On the premiere of newsroom, there was a scene where Jeff Daniels' producer is arguing with him. Tired of the conversation, I got up, made a burrito and ate it. When I sat back down, the same scene was still going on. Granted, I had made the pico de gallo and guac earlier in the day, but that's a freaking talky long scene.
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