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Aaron Sorkin to write Steve Jobs screenplay

Aaron Sorkin

Story by Jack Foley

OSCAR winning screenwriter Aaron Sorkin is to write the screenplay for a new movie about Apple co-founder Steve Jobs.

The acclaimed wordsmith, whose successes include The Social Network, A Few Good Men and TV’s The West Wing, has signed on to adapt Walter Isaacson’s biography, named simply Steve Jobs, for the big screen.

According to The Hollywood Reporter, Sony paid $1 million for the rights to the biography, which was Amazon’s best-selling title of 2011.

According to Publisher’s Weekly, it sold 2.2 million copies last year.

Announcing the project in a statement, Amy Pascal, Sony Pictures Entertainment co-chairman, said: “Steve Jobs’ story is unique: he was one of the most revolutionary and influential men not just of our time but of all time.

“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 won a best adapted screenplay Oscar for The Social Network (a Sony Pictures release) in 2010, and shared an Oscar nomination with Steve Zaillian and Stan Chervin in 2011 for Moneyball (another Sony release).

Ironically, Steve Jobs is the second biopic on the Apple genius that is currently in the works – Jobs, an indie version starring “Ashton Kutcher”: is also expected to be picked up at Cannes.

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