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Aaron Sorkin spoke about his latest project, the Steve Jobs biopic he is writing for Sony, on Thursday. The Oscar-winner said that he envisions the film playing out in just three scenes, focusing on the most innovative produces Jobs introduced to the world.
At an event for Newsweek and the Daily Beast, Sorkin told Tina Brown, “'I hope I don't get killed by the studio for giving too much away...but this entire movie is going to be three scenes, and three scenes only, that all take place in real time.”
He continued, “There will be no time cuts and each will take place before a product launch. Backstage before a product launch. The first one being the Mac, the second one being NeXT, after he had left Apple. And the third one being the iPod,” according to The Guardian.
The Newsroom creator added that he hopes that the film can end with a nod to Jobs’ iconic “Think Different” campaign.
“I don't know if you remember the ad campaign [Jobs] did. It was the 'Think Different' campaign,” Sorkin said. “'Here's to the crazy ones.' That's how it began. If I can end the movie with that text and that voiceover ... If I can earn that ending, then I will have written the movie that I wanted to write.”
Sorkin was hired to write the project back in May and compared writing about Jobs to writing about The Beatles.
“There are so many people out there that know him and revere him; I saw a minefield of disappointment,” he said at the time when explaining why he was hesitant about taking on Jobs. “Hopefully when I'm done with my research I'll be in the same ballpark as some of the folks in here in terms of their knowledge about Jobs -- I hope people don't say 'You really missed the big thing.' But, that's bound to happen -- all I can say at this early stage is that you should think of this as a painting, not a photograph.”
Sony bought the rights to Walter Isaacson’s Steve Jobs: The Exclusive Biography, which will be the basis for Sorkin’s script. Jobs died in October 2011.
Ashton Kutcher is also starring in an indie movie called Jobs, which was recently completed.