Famed movie and TV writer Aaron Sorkin is getting involved in the tech industry again for his latest project. The Hollywood Reporter states that Sorkin, who won an Academy Award for his script for The Social Network, about the formation of Facebook, will write the screenplay for Steve Jobs, based on the best selling and official biography of the late founder of Apple.
Sony bought the movie rights to the biography, written by Walter Isaacson, back in October, and then went after Sorkin soon afterward to have him write the screenplay adaptation. There"s still no word on a director for the movie nor a planned release date.
Sorkin is one of the most critically acclaimed movie and TV writers of the past couple of decades. His other movie credits include A Few Good Men (based on his own stage play), The American President and most recently Moneyball, for which he was nominated for another Academy Award. He has also created famed TV shows such as Sports Night and The West Wing. Sorkin"s newest TV show, The Newsroom, debuts on HBO this June.
There"s another biopic based on Jobs" life that"s already started shooting. The movie, with the working title Jobs: Get Inspired, will star Ashton Kutcher as the Apple founder. That movie is a low budget indie flick while the Steve Jobs adaptation is expected to be a high profile, and high budget, studio move for Sony.