The upcoming film dramatization of Steve Jobs’ life and career might not suck after all. According to SlashFilm, Aaron Sorkin has been confirmed as the film’s writer. With the backing of Sony Pictures, Sorkin will adapt Walter Isaacson’s biography of the former Apple CEO (Steve Jobs) for the silver screen.
Sorkin is, of course, known for penning the screenplay of The Social Network, the dramatization of Facebook’s rise to power, and winning an Academy Award for it. That screenplay, too, was adapted from a book: The Accidental Billionaires: The Founding of Facebook, A Tale of Sex, Money, Genius, and Betrayal by Ben Mezrich. Having seen the movie at its release in 2010, I’d say Sorkin did a pretty splendid job—even if the movie was more of a dramatization than a purely factual retelling of the facts. That leaves me hopeful about the Steve Jobs biopic.
Oh, and it looks like early rumors were right and
Ashton Kutcher will indeed be playing Steve Jobs in the upcoming film. Photos of Kutcher dressed as Jobs have been making the rounds these past few days. In the shots, Kutcher is bearded and wears the Apple co-founder’s trademark black turtleneck and jeans. The resemblance isn’t terribly striking, mostly because of Kutcher’s spotty facial hair, but I suppose casting is already over.
Update 11:27 AM: According to Hollywood Reporter, Kutcher is actually not going to star in the Sorkin film, but in a small-budget indie pic. Well, so much for that. Do we really need two movies about Steve Jobs, though? (Thanks for TR reader Dale for pointing this out.)