“The Social Network” Writer Aaron Sorkin May Pen Steve Jobs Movie

“Social Network” screenwriter Aaron Sorkin may write Steve Jobs movie.

“Social Network” screenwriter Aaron Sorkin may write Steve Jobs movie.

Aaron Sorkin is an American screenwriter and playwright. His work includes A Few good Men, The West Wing, Studio 60, The Social Network, and Moneyball. According to an article from E!, Sorkin is seriously considering writing a movie about Steve Jobs. In the article, he says, “Sony has asked me to write the movie and it’s something I’m strongly considering.”  He went on to say: “”Right now I’m just in the thinking-about-it stages. It’s a really big movie and it’s going to be a great movie no matter who writes it.”

After the success of The Social Network, which was based on Mark Zuckerberg and Facebook, many insiders are positive about the possibility of Sorkin taking on Jobs’ story. However, some insiders aren’t so keen.

Forbes blogger Robert Hof reacted to the news with trepidation. Commenting on Sorkin’s adaptation of the Facebook story in The Social Network Hof notes: “I found The Social Network so far off the mark that it was one of the few movies I’ve ever seen that lost me after the second scene … not only did Sorkin play with the facts far too much for a movie that purported to be about a real company and real people, to my mind he got the underlying reality of Silicon Valley utterly wrong.” Hof worries what Sorkin might do with Jobs’ story, and his worries aren’t unwarranted.

As Sorkin notes, the Jobs story is a big movie, and no matter who pens it, the story will no doubt encounter some challenges. One of those challenges is Jobs himself. There is no denying that Jobs was a genius and exceptional business man. There is also no denying his significant impact on technology and our lives. However, Jobs’ story – like any human being’s story – is a complicated one. In another Forbes article by James Altucher, Altucher lists facts you may or may not know about Jobs.

One of these facts is that Jobs denied paternity on his first child, claiming he was sterile. This forced the mother to raise the child on welfare checks for the first two years of the child’s life. Altucher also points out that Jobs didn’t believe in donating to charity and tells the following anecdote: “He lied to Steve Wozniak. When they made Breakout for Atari, Wozniak and Jobs were going to split the pay 50-50. Atari gave Jobs $5000 to do the job. He told Wozniak he got $700 so Wozniak took home $350. Again, no judgment. Young people do things. Show me someone who says he’s been honest from the day he was born and I’ll show you a liar. Its by making mistakes, having fights, finding out where your real boundaries in life are, that allow you to truly know where the boundaries are.”

Do these anecdotes permanently defile Jobs’ reputation? Of course not. They merely make him human. However, so much of the media coverage surrounding Jobs and his death has been framed in positive terms.  If Sorkin writes the screenplay, it seems unlikely that’s the only story he’ll be interested in telling, but it will likely make for a great movie.