“Newsroom” creator Aaron Sorkin wrote the upcoming Steve Jobs biopic to be directed by Danny Boyle, and doesn’t think it will be the last dramatic interpretation of the Apple co-founders life, either.
“I think that you can do 10 more movies about Steve Jobs,” Sorkin said during Thursday’s episode of “Studio 1.0” (above) on Bloomberg TV. “And I think if you lined up 10 writers and said, ‘Write a movie about Steve Jobs,’ you’d get 10 different movies, all of them worth going to see.”
The latest, which follows Ashton Kutcher‘s “Jobs,” is expected to chronicle three stressful, high-profile product launches, including the first Macintosh in 1984 and Apple’s 2001 debut of the iPod.
Sorkin, who won an Oscar for writing Facebook movie “Social Network,” described the movie as “very claustrophobic,” and revealed there are only seven other characters beyond Jobs, who Michael Fassbender is in talks with Sony to play.
“I’ve met every and spent a lot of time with the other seven characters who are in the movie, like Joanna Hoffman who’s a fantastic character. She was the head of marketing for the Mac team,” Sorkin said. “John Sculley who was the CEO of Apple and became famous, or infamous depending on how you look at it, for firing Steve Jobs from Apple. He’s a wonderful man and a great character. In this movie Jobs has conflicts with all of them that get dramatized and worked out in a very compressed, very claustrophobic environment.”
Whether it’s a coincidence or perhaps inspiration for the structure of the film dramatizing just three events in Jobs’ storied career, Sorkin revealed he only spoke to the deceased innovator three times on the phone.
“The first time he called me, it was because I gave an interview in which I said, ‘Everything I’ve ever written I’ve written on a Mac,’” Sorkin said. “He called me to thank me for saying that, and asked me if he could send me the new laptop they were coming out with.”
“The second time he called me, it was to invite me up to the Bay Area to tour Pixar. He wanted to know if I’d be interested in writing a Pixar movie,” Sorkin continued. “And the third time he called me was to ask me to help him write his commencement address at Stanford.”
Sorkin won’t take any credit for that, though.
“Honestly, I fixed a couple of typos in the speech,” Sorkin said. “I don’t want to suggest for a moment that any of those thoughts were my thoughts. That is the brain of Steve Jobs. And I helped him put the music to it.”