If you're looking for a screenwriter to pen the story of a brilliant, independent thinking, challenge-the-system dreamer who changed his industry, there's one name that comes to mind. And as if on cue, Aaron Sorkin is already debating the merits of writing the Steve Jobs biopic.
In October, it was rumored that Sorkin was in talks to adapt for screen Walter Isaacson's new biography of the late Apple co-founder, who died earlier that month. E! Online caught up with the "Social Network" and "Moneyball" scribe, who admitted to interest in the project.
"Sony has asked me to write the movie and it's something I'm strongly considering," he told the site at the P.S. Arts Express Yourself 2011 event in Santa Monica on Monday night. "Right now I'm just in the thinking-about-it stages. It's a really big movie and it's going to be a great movie no matter who writes it."
Sony purchased the film rights to the book shortly after Jobs' death.
Few in Hollywood are as adept as Sorkin at writing striking characters, but he's right that this film would present a unique challenge: Jobs' career spanned four decades, with drastic changes in technology and Jobs' own life. He went from young genius to outcast, to Pixar guru and back to revered mogul, aging strikingly even before falling ill with cancer. There's also the matter of Jobs' public profile versus an allegedly much more prickly side to his personal character, which would require a delicate balance given the mass reverence for the Apple founder.
Earlier this month, it was rumored that George Clooney was interested in playing the Jobs role, though that story has yet to move forward.
For more, click over to E! Online.