Aaron Sorkin is hard at work on the upcoming Steve Jobs film and it looks as if providing a faithful adaptation of Walter Isaacson’s bestselling biography on Jobs is going to be harder than he thought.
Recently, while talking at the AllThingsD conference, Jobs compared his task to writing about The Beatles.
“It is a little like writing about The Beatles, there are so many people out there that know him and revere him” Sorkin said.
He went onto say that the film will be more like “a painting, not a photograph” of Jobs.
“[Jobs] is a complicated guy. [Mark] Zuckerberg was, as well. But when I’m writing this movie, I can’t judge this character. He has to be, for me, a hero.”
On trying to adapt Isaacson’s novel, Sorkin said that he’s still taking in all the material and that it’s “a process of procrastination.”
“What I’ll do is go through a long period that would not look to any casual observer like writing. It would look a lot like watching ESPN.”
Sorkin does make a good point in saying that writing on Jobs is like writing about The Beatles. It’s a near impossible task and it will be very hard to please everyone with his portrayal of the much loved Apple CEO.
That being said, if there’s one man that’s right for the job (pun fully intended), then it’s Aaron Sorkin. He’s one of the most talented writers working in Hollywood and I have no doubt that he’ll provide not only a faithful adaptation of Isaacson’s novel, but a faithful “painting” of a truly incredible human being.