Sunday, September 16, 2012

Aaron Sorkin To Make Directorial Debut With 'Steve Jobs' - MTV.com

From "The Social Network" to "Moneyball," screenwriter Aaron Sorkin's work has been widely praised â€" the former landing him an Oscar for Best Adapted Screenplay. Now he's turning his sights to the highly anticipated "Steve Jobs." Sony Pictures Co-Chairman Amy Pascal and president of Columbia Pictures Doug Belgrad announced Tuesday that Sorkin will pen the script based on the best-selling biography by award-winning journalist Walter Isaacson.

"Steve Jobs," published October 2011, was Amazon's best-selling book last year with sales exceeding 2,200,000. Sony bought the movie rights before the tome even released. Pascal commented on the announcement, saying, "Steve Jobs' story is unique: He was one of the most revolutionary and influential men not just of our time but of all time. 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 won't just act as the screenplay writer. He'll also be making his directorial debut and act as one of the film's producers. Mark Gordon, Scott Rudin and Guymon Casady will produce the project as well.

This film is not to be confused with the other Jobs biopic, tentatively titled "Jobs: Get Inspired," starring Ashton Kutcher.

Sorkin is currently in production for HBO's "The Newsroom," which is set to premiere on June 24. He'll also try his hand as a librettist for the first time on Broadway's 2013-14 production of "Houdini," starring Hugh Jackman.

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