toggle

AAPL Stock: 524.94 ( + 5.93 )

Printed from http://www.macnn.com

Sorkin comments on Jobs biopic, Wozniak hired as advisor

updated 11:12 pm EDT, Thu May 17, 2012

Movie will not a be a full biography

Aaron Sorkin, the screenwriter behind 2010's The Social Network and the TV series The West Wing told reporters earlier today that he has little idea about what he's going to write so far in Sony's planned biographical film on the life of Apple co-creator and former CEO Steve Jobs. He did reveal that the movie won't be a "straight ahead biography" and that Steve Wozniak has been hired as an advisor.

The movie, which is not to be confused with the in-production independent project starring Ashton Kutcher, will be written later this summer for shooting at some future date. Sorkin met with reporters to talk about his new HBO drama The Newsroom. He said he was looking for a pivotal incident on which to hang the movie.

"I know so little about what I am going to write. I know what I am not going to write," Sorkin told reporters. "It can't be a straight-ahead biography because it's very difficult to shake the cradle-to-grave structure of a biography." Sony licensed the rights to Walter Isaacson's official biography of Jobs, who died shortly before the book debuted in October of last year at the age of 56.

Wozniak's role will be to "tutor" Sorkin and others on the history of Apple and Woz's firsthand knowledge of Jobs from the early years right up to his death. While Wozniak has not worked for the company in decades, he remained friends with Jobs throughout his life and played a pivotal role in the founding of Apple and most of its early products.

Sorkin indicated that he wants to focus his screenplay on Jobs' struggles to achieve his vision, saying that "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. He added that he just needed "to find that event and I will. I just don't know what it is" yet.

Rumors on casting for the multi-million dollar Sony movie have mentioned a wide variety of names to play Jobs, including the actor who played him in the 1999 TV-movie Pirates of Silicon Valley, Noah Wyle.




by MacNN Staff

POST TOOLS:

TAGS :

toggle

Comments

  1. rtamesis

    Joined: Dec 1969

    +2

    Read the book, Sorkin!

    Has he actually read the biography or talked to the author? It's chock full of incidents in Job's early life that could provide him with that hook.

  1. The Vicar

    Joined: Dec 1969

    +6

    Um...

    I know that for some reason MacNN forum-goers love Wozniak (why, precisely, is a mystery, considering that he was never associated with the Mac at all, and his comments have generally indicated that he has never really liked Macs very much), but seriously: very little of the stuff which makes Jobs interesting enough to warrant this kind of media attention took place when he was around Wozniak. It would be much more useful to get some of the early Mac folks instead -- Andy Hertzfeld in particular.

  1. macnnoel

    Joined: Dec 1969

    +2

    @The Vicar

    Couldn't agree more. Jobs could have partnered with another engineer type, and there would still be an Apple. If Jobs and Woz' personalities were flipped around, what we'll have today is just another Microsoft and Ballmer.

  1. testudo

    Joined: Dec 1969

    +2

    Re: Um

    I know that for some reason MacNN forum-goers love Wozniak

    What are you talking about. Most of the people I ever see posting on these boards slam Wozniak as if all he's doing is going around living on Apple's coattails or something.

    very little of the stuff which makes Jobs interesting enough to warrant this kind of media attention took place when he was around Wozniak

    As the article states, he was around Jobs during Apple's formative years, and he remained friends with Jobs during the rest of his life. Please try to remember Steve Jobs did not live and breathe Apple from 1975-2011. He was away for over 10 years. Many of the things that brought the Mac into widespread use came AFTER Jobs left the company.

    Oh, and without Woz, there would be no Apple computer. He made the Apple I. Steve 'just' sold it.

  1. testudo

    Joined: Dec 1969

    +3

    Re: @The Vicar

    Jobs could have partnered with another engineer type, and there would still be an Apple.

    Except you make the assumption that Steve designed/created the Apple I and other computers, and Woz just put it all together. The computer was all Woz. He partnered with Steve to sell the thing.

    And it can be argued that if not for John Sculley, the Macintosh would have stayed a niche product and ended up like NeXT, Amiga, etc. Oh, and Steve never did get NeXT to be anything but a niche hardware product, to the point he scrapped the hardware and went the OS route, which never took off. And the only way it did was to (a) get bought out by Apple, (b) spend 5 years making it barely presentable, and (c) have a bunch of hard-core fanboys around who'd buy anything with Apple's logo on it.

    No one cared about Steve when he worked at Next. It was only when he returned to Apple did people pay attention again.

    So, honestly, Apple made Steve as much as, if not more than, Steve made Apple.

  1. The Vicar

    Joined: Dec 1969

    0

    @testudo

    "And it can be argued that if not for John Sculley, the Macintosh would have stayed a niche product and ended up like NeXT, Amiga, etc."

    That would have to be a pretty darn good argument. Sculley was the one who insisted that Macs should be extremely high-price but refused significant improvements to the hardware. Most people would say Sculley was the reason Macs got marginalized by DOS and Windows.

Login Here

Not a member of the MacNN forums? Register now for free.

toggle

Network Headlines

toggle

Most Popular

MacNN Sponsor

Recent Reviews

Linksys EA6900 AC Router

As 802.11ac networking begins to makes its way into more and more devices, you may find yourself considering an upgrade for your home ...

D-Link DIR-510L 802.11AC travel router

Having Internet access in hotels and other similar locations used to be a miasma of connectivity issues. If Wi-Fi was available, it wa ...

Ooma Office small business VoIP

Voice over IP (VoIP) services have been around for a very long time. Only recently has the implementation become a bit more robust, al ...

toggle

Most Commented