There was a rumor that this was going to happen, and now it is confirmed: screenwriter extraordinaire Aaron Sorkin will be the one adapting Walter Isaacson's biography of late Apple CEO Steve Jobs for the big screen. Sorkin, most famous for his work on The West Wing, has already won an Oscar for his last script about a tech giant (The Social Network), so this will be familiar territory for him. Not that Sorkin couldn't handle unfamiliar territory ... oh, wait, just remembered Studio 60 on the Sunset Strip. Never mind. We'll take familiar territory.
We knew Ashton Kutcher will be playing Steve Jobs in an indie biopic, and we also knew Sony was planning a rival Steve Jobs movie. It turns out Sony has brought in the big gun to pen their rival flick, as Aaron Sorkin is now set to pen the screenplay. It's obvious we're big fans of Sorkin here at Geekosystem, slipping in mentions of Sports Night, Studio 60 on the Sunset Strip, and his upcoming HBO show The Newsroom whenever we can (just like that, actually!), so we're thrilled that he'll be handling the movie adaptation of the life of Steve Jobs. After all, he did a pretty solid job handling another famous tech figurehead, Mark Zuckerberg, in his Facebook movie, The Social Network. You may have seen that.
For those who contributed to both Aaron Sorkin'sSports Night and Studio 60 on the Sunset Strip being canceled because you didn't watch them, Aaron Sorkin is basically the best writer on television. Those shows were somewhat different beasts than his most popular show, The West Wing, so if you only watched the political drama, you probably don't know what you missed with both Sports Night and Studio 60. Well, Sorkin has finally made the move to a channel that'll, in theory, treat him right -- HBO -- and won't require the highest of possible ratings to keep his shows on the air. His new show, The Newsroom, is set to air on June 24, and should be in the same style of his other shows: The best stuff on TV. Yes, that's a style. Watch the two trailers for the show right here, above and below the break.
So, do either of those dashing 1990s heartthrobs look anything like Steve Jobs to you? It may interest you to know that while Noah Wyle (Dr. Carter) has actually played the late Apple CEO before -- in 1999's TNT movie Pirates of Silicon Valley -- it's George Clooney (Dr. Ross) whose name has been mentioned since Sony purchased the rights to Jobs' biography. Isn't George Clooney just the guy that every dude wishes would play him in the movie about his life? But okay, we'll stay open-minded. Leonardo DiCaprio is playing J. Edgar Hoover, after all.
Aaron Sorkin did that to his face, guys. While writing. That is how intense he is -- he breaks his freaking face. You might be wondering if this means that Aaron Sorkin actually walks and talks while he writes, but no. That is not the case. At least not this time. No, he was reading some of his own writing to himself in a mirror and then got too close. And like some scene out of Evil Dead 2, the reflection of Aaron Sorkin reached out of the mirror and punched the real Sorkin in the face. No, I'm kidding. But he did head-butt himself by accident. And then he went to the Emmys, where Getty Images got the picture from above (that is Brenda Strong to the left). Thank you, Getty Images. And thank you, Aaron Sorkin.
Every writer's nightmare is the blank page. Aaron Sorkin has an excellent quote about it: "I love writing but hate starting." Well, what if there was a thing that put your script in motion at the push of a button? Well, that's what this is about: a Plot Device. Get it?
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