Last year we heard that Sony wanted Academy Award-winning The Social Network/The West Wing writer Aaron Sorkin to write the screenplay for a Steve Jobs biopic based on Walter Isaacson‘s best-selling biography. Sony had purchased the rights in a $1 million deal made just days after the Apple co-founder’s passing on October 5th 2011. Last we heard, Sorkin was “strongly considering” the project. Since then, another movie from an independent producer based on Jobs’ life starring Ashton Kutcher has been revealed. Tonight Sony has sent out a press release, announcing that Sorkin has officially signed on to adapt the screenplay for their own bio. Read the full press release after the jump.

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About a month after we first reported that Social Network and Moneyball screenwriter Aaron Sorkin was being courted to write Sony’s Steve Jobs biopic, the scribe has said that he is “strongly considering” taking the studio up on its offer. While that’s not exactly a confirmation that Sorkin will actually do the project, the fact that he’s talking publicly about it seems like a step in the right direction, right? More details after the jump.
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Aaron Sorkin may not have deemed himself worthy of writing a Pixar movie, but perhaps he’ll find himself up for the task of writing about the man who asked him to do so. Sony is reportedly trying to get the Social Network writer on board to pen the biopic of former Apple CEO and Pixar exec Steve Jobs, who passed away earlier this month of cancer. More details after the jump.

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Sony Buying Film Rights to Steve Jobs Biography

How would you characterize a deal to create a feature film based on a collection of interviews with the late Steve Jobs, as it is announced mere days after his death? Crass commercialism? Fitting tribute? Perhaps simply good business sense, something that Jobs himself would understand, if not exactly admire?

Regardless, Sony is acquiring the book Steve Jobs, an upcoming tome by Walter Isaacson which is based on interviews with Jobs conducted over the past two years. The studio will quickly begin developing a film based on the book, with Mark Gordon producing. Read More »

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