The Industry Insider

Aaron Sorkin Boils the Life of Steve Jobs Down to Three Moments in Time

Here's to the crazy ones

We all know about Joshua Michael Stern's Jobs, the Steve Jobs biopic that Ashton Kutcher toplined and is currently in post-production, but no one is really taking that one too seriously and it still doesn't have a domestic distributor.

The take on the life of Jobs that most are curious about is the one Aaron Sorkin (The Social Network) is writing for Columbia Pictures and today he revealed some details concerning his draft that are sure to grab your attention.

The project was originally expected to be based on the biography "Steve Jobs," by Walter Isaacson, but it sounds like Sorkin has used that knowledge and turned it into something a little different. Speaking with the Daily Beast (video right) he revealed:

"I hope I don't get killed by the studio for giving too much away, 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 and each will 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."

Some are taking this to interpret as there will be only three, 30 minute scenes, but I imagine the structure won't be that rigid, but wow does it sound fascinating... to me at least.

As for how the idea came about Sorkin adds, "I don't know if you remember the ad campaign 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 and that voice over... If I can earn that ending, then I will have written the movie that I wanted to write."

Here's the campaign he's talking about followed by Sorkin's discussion with the Daily Beast.

Steve Jobs does not yet have a director attached or a release date.

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  • The Jackal

    I'm sure he'll eventually include brief flashback or at least one brief set-up scene, but I think the three scenes in realtime are a brilliant story device. We will also get to see very different settings as one takes place in 1984 (Mac Computer), another finds Jobs after leaving Apple and launching his NeXT Computer (1988) and the final seen takes place in 2001 as the iPod prepares to take the world by storm. I'm so excited for this film.

    After their phenomenal achievement with The Social Network, I just wish Sorkin and David Fincher could tackle this film together. Also, the role of Jobs is vital to the success of the film. Here's my dream casting/production team:

    Director: David Fincher
    Screenplay: Aaron Sorkin
    Daniel Day-Lewis as 'Steve Jobs'
    Paul Giamatti as 'Steve Wozniak'
    Music: Trent Reznor & Atticus Ross
    Cinematography: Jeff Cronenweth

    Dare to dream, right? I cannot wait for a release date and production schedule to be announced. In the meantime, I'm gonna check out the biography by Walter Isaacson.

    Think Different, indeed

    • Newbourne

      Director: Roman Polanski (Ninth in the Water, The Ghost Writer, The Pianist, Chinatown, etc.)

      Screenplay: Aaron Sorkin (The West Wing, The Social Network, Moneyball, etc.)

      Steve Jobs: Stanley Tucci (The Lovely Bones, The Devil Wears Prada, almost every single movie, etc.)

      Steve Wozniak: Marc Addy (Game of Thrones, The Full Monty, Robin Hood, Still Standing, etc.)

      Mike Markkula: Michael Imperioli (Life on Mars, The Sopranos, The Lovely Bones, etc.)

      John Scully: Michael Sthulbarg (Hugo, A Serious Man, Boardwalk Empire, etc.)

      Arthur Rock: Jackie Earle Haley (Shutter Island, A Nightmare on Elm Street, Little Children, Human Target, etc.)

      Music: Alexandre Desplat (Benjamin Button, The Ghost Writer, The King's Speech, Argo, Rust and Bone, Moonrise Kingdom, The Tree of Life, etc.)

      Cinematography: Robert Richardson (The Aviator, Hugo, Wall Street, Kill Bill, Inglourious Basterds, Casino, JFK, Platoon, etc.)

  • http://kaisaccofilm.tumblr.com/ Kai Sacco

    Wow. Sorkin's idea sounds fascinating. Consider me even more excited.

  • http://www.ropeofsilicon.com/profile/Criterion10/ Criterion10

    I read about this a short while ago and I do agree that it sounds rather fascinating. I have instant hope for this film! =)

  • http://hypethemovies.wordpress.com Jordan B.

    Seems a very intriguing structure for a film, and I'll be interested to see how it turns out. Having read Walter Isaacson's "Steve Jobs", the 3 events chosen by Sorkin do seem to be among the biggest events in Jobs' career. I'll be excited to hear more about this in the near future!

  • http://www.ropeofsilicon.com/profile/HamzaZain/ Hamza Zain

    This will win the Oscar for most Sorkin-y script ever written.

    But on a serious note, that sounds really interesting and Stanley Tucci sounds like a great Steve Jobs.

    • Newbourne

      Thanks, I was sitting here thinking who could be the best Steve Jobs and Stanley Tucci just felt like the perfect fit. I think he could really nail it as his first great starring role.

      • http://www.ropeofsilicon.com/profile/HamzaZain/ Hamza Zain

        I think Mark Strong could be a solid choice too. He certainly has the look, and he's a fantastic actor to boot.

  • MajorFilmFan

    I support Stanley Tucci as Jobs, and Giamatia was Woz.

  • http://www.rabidpictures.com Yaz

    You know that sounds... interesting. At first I was a bit conflicted, but I think that's only because I can't quite see how this is going to go, and that's what makes it unique and kind of exciting. Looking forward to it.

  • http://www.ropeofsilicon.com/profile/Dranderz/ Dranderz

    Now THAT sounds like something fresh. In terms of directing, David Fincher is the natural default, but iI think Gus van Sant or Ron Howard could also fit the mold quite nicely.