The screen-play writer of the Oscar award-winning movie The Social Network, Aaron Sorkin, is reading Walter Isacsson’s biography of Apple co-founder Steve Jobs with a view to bringing the story to the big screen.
It is understood that Sony last month paid US$1m to option the biography for a potential movie.
According to E! Online, Sorkin is thinking about it in stages. “It’s going to be a really big movie and it’s going to be a great movie, no matter who writes it.”
He said: “Sony has asked me to write the movie and it’s something I’m strongly considering.”
Sorkin went on to describe Jobs as “a great entrepreneur, a great artist and a great thinker.”
Sorkin was actually a close friend of Jobs and Jobs was one of the chief backers of Pixar.
Until now, the only film that has attempted Jobs’ story in film was the 1999 made-for-TV film Pirates of Silicon Valley, starring Noah Wyle, which told the story as far as 1997, when Jobs returned to Apple and Microsoft made an investment in Apple.
A debate raged last week as to whether Wyle would reprise the role for a movie version or whether actor George Clooney would portray Jobs well.