We heard back in November last year that Sony had signed Aaron Sorkin (The Social Network, The West Wing) to pen the script for the upcoming biopic of the late Steve Jobs, who tragically passed away in October 2011, following a battle with pancreatic cancer.
Sorkin is one of the most talented writers, working in both television and film, and I can’t think of anyone I’d rather have penning the script for the studio’s biopic of Jobs, best known for his work as co-founder of Apple, and also Pixar.
Speaking at the Newsweek and The Daily Beast summit, Sorkin has revealed some very interesting details about the film’s structure:
“I hope I don’t get killed by the studio for giving too much away,” Sorkin said, “but this entire movie is going to be three scenes, and three scenes only, that all take place in real time.
Real time is when a half hour for you in the audience is the same as a half hour for the character on the screen. There will be no time cuts. Each of these three scenes is going to take place before a product launch—backstage before a product launch. The first one being the Mac, the second one being NeXT (after he had left Apple), and the third one being the iPod.”
Basically, my goal is, I don’t know if you remember the ad campaign that he did? It was the Think Different campaign: ‘Here’s to the crazy ones.’ That’s how it began. If I can end the movie with that text, with that voiceover, “Here’s to the crazy ones,” if I can earn that ending, then I’ll have written the movie that I want to write.”
That sounds like it has a lot of potential to me. There aren’t many movies that take the real-time approach, fewer still that are dramas, and I can’t think of any at all that are biopics. And what’s more, the three-scene structure, taking us backstage at these product launches, sounds like a stroke of genius.
The film is to be executive produced by Scott Rudin (Moonrise Kingdom), Guymon Casady (Game of Thrones), and Mark Gordon (Source Code).
There’s still no word yet on who’ll be taking the helm, or on possible actors, but here’s to hoping that talks are all underway behind the scenes at the studio, and that we’ll have something concrete on that front to bring you soon.
Sorkin has shown time and time again with the likes of The West Wing, Studio 60, The Social Network, Moneyball, and so much more, that he’s one of the most talented writers in the industry, and I can’t wait to see what he brings us next.