Aaron Sorkin reveals details for Steve Jobs biopic

Aaron Sorkin, who is writing the upcoming Steve Jobs biopic, revealed some details of the film while speaking at The Daily Beast’s Hero Summit. The film will take place over three scenes, each thirty minutes long, and all told in real time. Each scene will be backstage at a different product launch, the original Macintosh, the NeXT cube, and the iPod.

If these detail hold together, this will be an altogether different film than what many were expecting. We can’t say with any certainty what the narrative content of these scenes will be. His previous film, The Social Network, told a fairly linear story using the framing device of a legal negotiation set after most of the action in the movie. Backstage at a product launch sounds like a similar device at first, but Sorkin says that these three scenes will comprise the entire movie. With the setting confimed but with no inkling of content, we’ll have to wait a bit longer to see what Sorkin’s take on Steve Jobs will be.

Also of note, Sorkin reveals that Jobs asked him to help with Jobs' famed Stamford commencement address, and to write a Pixar film.

Here's the video.

Source: Hero Summit and Baba Shetty

Joseph Keller is the former Editor in Chief of iMore. An Apple user for almost 20 years, he spends his time learning the ins and outs of iOS and macOS, always finding ways of getting the most out of his iPhone, iPad, Apple Watch, and Mac.

2 Comments
  • How long before it's on HBO?
  • @Rene: That is so disappointing to hear. If there is one man I want to see a real biographic movie about, it's Steve. Ths concept is too out there, and sounds horrible. Steve is such a complicated and flawed guy, and hs personal life is as interesting as his professional life. Why couldn't Sorkin just follow the book as a scaffolding. And Next cube? But not the iPhone or iPad. Ths sounds like it is destined to fail. Average moviegoers will not want to see a 30minute real time backstage launch of the NeXT cube. And quite frankly, neither do I. Rene, am I wrong here? You are always very insightful and analytical, please explain this to me!