Aaron Sorkin (The Social Network) often writes about characters in the workspace, so it’s not surprising to learn he once half-envisioned a Pixar movie about office supplies. Back in the 1990s, Sorkin was approached about writing a movie for the studio, but nothing ever came of it.
However, if you’ve ever wanted to know what that Aaron Sorkin Pixar movie would’ve looked like, find out after the jump.
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I’ve rarely felt this annoyed in a movie theater. Next to me, during a screening of Steve Jobs, an elderly couple loudly whispers comments to each other every few minutes. With each line of dialogue they distract me from basking in, the more frustrated I grow. I’m afraid to ask them to keep quiet — not because I care how they’ll react, but out of fear of missing another line from the movie.
Aaron Sorkin writes anti-bathroom break movies. You don’t want to miss a scene or a line of his, especially in the case of his latest piece of work, the breathless, unrelentingly paced, and intricately structured Steve Jobs. By now, such an exciting piece of drama seems like a foregone conclusion from one of Hollywood’s most prolific, acclaimed, and all-around successful screenwriters. But past and present interviews with him have revealed not only how he pulls off these feats of genius, but how to start if you’re trying to create your own.
After the jump, learn writing tips from Steve Jobs screenwriter Aaron Sorkin.
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Danny Boyle‘s Steve Jobs is my favorite movie of the year so far. I love so much about this film. I love how it’s a biopic without being a biopic. I love how it captures the truth and essence of a person, but probably 90% of the events and conversations in the movie never happened (or at very least, not at a keynote). I love Aaron Sorkin‘s intense dialogue and Michael Fasbender‘s performance — he may not look like Steve Jobs at the start of this movie, but by the end of the movie he transforms into the man.
Hit the jump to read my Danny Boyle Steve Jobs interview.
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Posted on Friday, October 9th, 2015 by Angie Han
Were you to go into Steve Jobs having no idea who Steve Jobs was, Steve Jobs wouldn’t really tell you. The character (played by Michael Fassbender) explains to a pissed-off Steve Wozniak (Seth Rogen) at one point that he “play[s] the orchestra” like a symphony conductor — but as Wozniak points out, it’s one of those sentences that sounds cool but doesn’t really mean anything in concrete terms.
For most biopics, this would be a failing, but for a Steve Jobs biopic in 2015, it’s an asset. We don’t need a movie to tell us who Steve Jobs is as a tech guru. I’m currently typing this review on my Apple keyboard, which is linked to my MacBook Air, with my iPhone 6 by my side; I know exactly who Steve Jobs, Apple CEO, is. Steve Jobs feels a revelation because it exposes Steve Jobs, the man. Read More »
Posted on Tuesday, October 6th, 2015 by Jacob Hall
Biopics are a tricky business. If you make it with the full cooperation of the subject, you risk making a hagiography that glosses over every flaw and rough edge. If you make it without the support of the subject or their family, you risk dragging someone through the mud. So it’s not surprising that Apple CEO Tim Cook hasn’t been shy about expressing his disapproval over Danny Boyle‘s upcoming Steve Jobs. But will that change now that he’s apparently seen the movie?
Read the Tim Cook Steve Jobs movie comments after the jump.
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If it feels like there’s been a good amount of movies about Steve Jobs since the technology innovator passed away in 2011, that’s because there have been.
iSteve from Funny or Die was first out of the gate in 2013, aiming more for satire and comedy than an accurate portrayal of the Apple co-founder, and then Jobs followed shortly thereafter with Ashton Kutcher in the lead, and it didn’t really do the man justice.
Flash forward to 2015 and we have the documentary The Man in the Machine (available now on VOD and in select theaters) and also Danny Boyle and Aaron Sorkin‘s forthcoming biopic Steve Jobs starring Michael Fassbender, which has gotten a lot of positive early buzz.
So what does someone who actually knew the real Steve Jobs think of all these movies? While Jobs’ former right-hand man Steve Wozniak has recently praised Steve Jobs in particular, when current Apple CEO Tim Cook talks Steve Jobs movies with Stephen Colbert, he seems more annoyed than anything. Read More »
The simply titled biopic Steve Jobs premiered at the Telluride Film Festival over the weekend, and the first reviews coming from the mountains of Colorado seem to indicate that we have our first Oscar frontrunner.
Michael Fassbender takes the titular role as the Apple co-creator and tech genius who brought us innovations such as the iPod, iPhone and perhaps most importantly, the first mainstream home computer. The supporting cast is nothing to scoff at either with Seth Rogen, Kate Winslet, Jeff Daniels, Michael Stuhlbarg and more giving plenty more reason to pay attention to this drama.
Slumdog Millionaire director Danny Boyle is behind the camera this time with a script by The Social Network scribe Aaron Sorkin driving the whole film. And if the Steve Jobs early buzz from reviews and reactions following the film are any indicator, this team of talent has delivered an intense, powerful, home run of a biopic that finally paints a portrait of Steve Jobs that’s worth hanging on the wall. Read More »
Cate Blanchett is attached to star in a Lucille Ball biopic, and that’s pretty interesting. It’s the sort of thing that could be easy Oscar bait, sure, but Blanchett could also deliver a performance that would elevate the film to something much more powerful. The project is being produced by Ball’s children. Perhaps most interesting, however, is the writer who is set up to script: Aaron Sorkin. Read More »
Posted on Monday, August 24th, 2015 by Angie Han
We’ve already known Danny Boyle and Aaron Sorkin‘s Steve Jobs would break the typical biopic mold. The film reportedly consists of just three major scenes, each set at a product launch, with a small handful of flashbacks to help fill out the rest of the story.
Now actor Michael Stuhlbarg reveals the project’s atypical structure extended to the process of making the movie as well. Read on for Stuhlbarg’s comments on the Steve Jobs rehearsal and shooting experience. Read More »