Aaron Sorkin will adapt Walter Isaacson’s biography of Steve Jobs for Sony, the studio announced on Tuesday.
Mark Gordon, Scott Rudin and Guymon Casady are producing the biopic, which is based on Isaacson's widely hailed book. The biography of the late Apple co-founder and CEO ruled the charts for months, selling faster than any book since George W. Bush's memoir, "Decision Points."
Sony bought the rights back in October before it even hit the shelves, anticipating that it would become a must-read. Simon & Schuster, the book's publisher, moved up the release date after the death of Pixar's former chief.
Sony has now tapped Sorkin, known for snappy dialogue and high-minded writing, to interpret the world and mind of the notoriously prickly but brilliant Jobs.
"Steve Jobs’ story is unique: he was one of the most revolutionary and influential men not just of our time but of all time," Amy Pascal, co-chairman of Sony Pictures, said in a statement. "There is no writer working in Hollywood today who is more capable of capturing such an extraordinary life for the screen than Aaron Sorkin; in his hands, we’re confident that the film will be everything that Jobs himself was: captivating, entertaining, and polarizing."
Sorkin's last film was the Oscar-nominated "Moneyball," which he adapted from Michael Lewis' best-selling novel after an initial draft by Steve Zaillian. A year earlier, Sorkin won best adapted screenplay for "The Social Network."
Other credits include "A Few Good Men," "The West Wing" and "American President."
His latest project is "The Newsroom," a series that will take viewers inside the TV news business. Starring Jeff Daniels and Emily Mortimer, it debuts on HBO June 24.
This is the highest profile in a series of Jobs-related films. Ashton Kutcher will star as the Silicon Valley king in an independent film dubbed "Jobs," while Magnolia opened "Steve Jobs: The Lost Interview," a documentary, in select theaters May 11.
Gordon runs Mark Gordon Productions, Rudin tops Scott Rudin productions and Casady is a partner at management 360.