If you’re a movie buff, or if you are fascinated by technology, or if you’re an observer of culture, or if you like Apple, then there is good news. Aaron Sorkin has signed on to write the move version of Walter Isaacson’s biography of Steve Jobs. This story has shown up in most major news outlets, including the New York Times.
Why do I say this is good news? First of all, because I believe Steve Jobs, whatever you think of him and his products, is an icon of our age. The movie version of his life needs to be well done, and a script by Sorkin is a solid foundation for an excellent movie. Sorkin has written such excellent works as: A Few Good Men, The Social Network, Moneyball, and The West Wing. Sorkin has a particular gift portraying quirky, brilliant characters . . . like Steve Jobs.
Second, I found Isaacson’s biography to be quite fine: well-written, engaging, fair, honest. The movie version of Jobs life needs to be similarly well done. It should capture the nuances of this very odd, fun, amazing, creative, narcissistic, passionate, cruel, visionary man. Sorkin is up to the job, I believe.
So, way to go Sony Pictures for signing Sorkin. (Does it strike any of you as ironic that Sony is doing the biopic of Jobs? That’s a little like having the Romney people do a movie on Obama’s life.) And, way to go Aaron Sorkin, for taking on this task. You’ll do a great job.