Aaron Sorkin - How Will Aaron Sorkin Tell Steve Jobs' Story?
Aaron Sorkin, Oscar-winning screenwriter responsible for The Social Network, is currently in the process of deciding how to bring Apple founder Steve Jobs' story to the big screen. At a press conference for his forthcoming HBO drama The Newsroom, CBS reports, Sorkin revealed "I know so little about what I am going to write. I know what I am not going to write. It can't be a straight ahead biography because it's very difficult to shake the cradle-to-grave structure of a biography."
Steve Jobs passed away last year (2011) at the age of 56, after a lengthy struggle with pancreatic cancer. Aaron intends to turn his full attention to the movie later in the year, once The Newsroom is fully launched. Apple's co-founder, Steve Wozniak has been hired by Sony Pictures to advise on the movie's technical aspects, as well as on Jobs' life. Wozniak founded the Apple company, along with Jobs, in 1976, from a garage. Wozniak left the company on 1987, but he stayed in touch with his former work partner until Jobs passed away last year.
When Sorkin was charged with the responsibility of telling the story of Mark Zuckerberg, CEO of Facebook, he did so through the story of the lawsuit between Zuckerberg and his Harvard friends, over the creation of the social network. "Drama is tension versus obstacle. Someone wants something, something is standing in their way of getting it. They want the money, they want the girl, they want to get to Philadelphia - doesn't matter." Referring this concept to Job's own tale, he said "I need to find that event and I will. I just don't know what it is."