Academy and Emmy Award-winning writer Aaron Sorkin is out talking about his script for Sony’s hotly anticipated Steve Jobs biopic, tentatively being called Steve Jobs. What Sorkin had to say at the TriBeCa film festival is interesting, because it sheds some light on what could be a very interesting narrative structure for the film.
Firstly, Sorkin cryptically states that it is not a biopic. “It’s very, very exciting. It’s not a biopic. It’s not the story of Steve Jobs. It’s something much different than that.” He continues, stating Jobs is “a fascinating guy, surrounded by fascinating people, and he had very interesting relationships with the people in his life. One of the things that really excites me about Steve Jobs is, it is one of the very few times I ended up writing what I set out to write when I began. It’s an incredibly satisfying feeling.”
So what is it he set out to write from the beginning? According to THR, the film will consist of three long scenes, shot in real-time, that take place backstage prior to the launches of the Mac, NeXT, and iPod. I imagine there’ll be flashbacks and other creative twists, which is why visionary directors like David Fincher and Danny Boyle have been the ones sought for the project. Fincher famously walked away from it weeks ago, and- as reported yesterday- Boyle is said to be in talks to take over. The director’s ability to play with a film’s narrative structure, as evidenced in 127 Hours, is probably what made him a primary candidate.
Sounds interesting. Sorkin’s script and Boyle’s execution could definitely make Steve Jobs a film to watch out for.