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Remembering Steve Jobs

This is me putting my hands in my pockets, turning my head, and smiling. And it's because Sony Pictures has announced that Aaron Sorkin will be writing the script for Steve Jobs, adapted from Walter Isaacson's best-selling biography.

Aaron Sorkin is legitimately brilliant, and the writer behind TV's Sports Night, The West Wing, Studio 60, and the upcoming The Newsroom, as well as the movies Malice, A Few Good Men, The American President, and the recent The Social Network about Mark Zuckerberg and the founding of Facebook.

"Steve Jobs' story is unique: He was one of the most revolutionary and influential men not just of our time, but of all time," said Amy Pascal, co-chairman of Sony Pictures Entertainment. "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."

Sorkin's crackling dialog, smart comedic moments, and skill in building dramatic tension should serve the movie extremely well. Yes, this is basically the biopic equivalent of getting Joss Whedon on The Avengers.

It's hard to believe Hollywood is getting so much right for a change.

I haven't seen anything firm about a release date yet, and it will probably be a while still before we hear anything about casting. (This is a completely different project than the one Ashton Kutcher is attached to.)

Portraying Steve Jobs from Apple's inception to his final days, if that's what they choose to cover, will be a momentous undertaking for any actor. Having Sorkin on the script, however, should provide an excellent foundation.

If you want to indulge in a little fantasy casting, head on over to our iMore Movie Forum and let us know who you think should play Steve Jobs.

Rene Ritchie

Editor-in-Chief of iMore, co-host of Iterate, Debug, Review, The TV Show, Vector, ZEN & TECH, and MacBreak Weekly podcasts. Cook, grappler, photon wrangler. Follow him on Twitter and Google+.

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There are 9 comments. Add yours.

david.e.crocker@gmail.com says:

If they want a name actor, I for one would love to see Noah Wyle have another crack at it....but honestly, I want someone we have never seen.....a new actor. This way we really have no way of knowing. It would make it more pure.

striatic says:

Noah Wyle is actually a pretty good bet to be involved in this project.
"A Few Good Men" was Sorkin's big break as a screen writer, and it was also Wyle's first big break as a film actor.

sockopen says:

Dave Chappelle should play Steve Jobs.

Macboy74 says:

I agree to a point putting Noah in this movie. He did an awesome job in pirates. But I agree with David Crocker with grabbing someone we never saw before. Then again if the movie is the life of SJ they may use two actors one for a younger and one for an older SJ. Either way this movie will probably be better than two and a half men of silicon valley.

Mark R says:

I agree that Noah Wyle would be a good fit for this after the amazing job he did on PoSV, but I also think we need an un-known to play this role as it is such a unique character.

zeagus says:

Great West Wing reference in the opening paragraph :) Let Bartlet be Bartlet!

El Hache says:

This will be a great movie. When was the last time Aaron Sorkin wrote a bad movie? The answer is never.