Contra Costa Times, Walnut Creek, Calif., Tony Hicks column
May 16, 2012 (Menafn - Contra Costa Times - McClatchy-Tribune Information Services via COMTEX) --Aaron Sorkin will write and direct a film about Steve Jobs, based on Walter Isaacson's biography of the Apple co-founder and high-tech pioneer, Sony Pictures Entertainment has announced.
The screenwriter won an Academy Award for his adaptation of "The Social Network," the 2010 Sony film that chronicled the early years of Facebook Inc. under founder Mark Zuckerberg.
The film will mark Sorkin's directing debut.
"Steve Jobs," released last year, was the top-selling hardcover of 2011, with 2.25 million books sold, Sony said, citing Publishers Weekly data. The book was Amazon.com Inc.'s best-selling book of 2011.
Sorkin was reported to be in talks to write the film in November, but nothing was final until Sony's announcement this week.
"There is no writer working in Hollywood today who is more capable of capturing such an extraordinary life for the screen than Aaron Sorkin," Sony Pictures Co-Chairman Amy Pascal said in the statement. 'In his hands, we're confident that the film will be everything that Jobs himself was: captivating, entertaining and polarizing."
No casting decisions have been announced yet.
The movie is the second one planned covering the life of Jobs, who died last year at age 56. Ashton Kutcher is set to play him in an independent production, titled "Jobs: Get Inspired." Photos surfaced on the Internet this week of Kutcher on set, done up as Jobs. The film,
targeted for release in the fall, has already drawn criticism by those who feel Kutcher is not the best choice to play the iconic Apple co-founder.
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