Filmmaker and writer Aaron Sorkin (probably best known for his work on The West Wing, though I really liked his dramacom Sports Night a lot) recently sat down with Walt Mossberg at All Things Digital to have a chat about his work on one of the new Steve Jobs biographical movies coming out. He talked frankly about his current attempts to try and give justice to the life and times of Apple’s famous co-founder. Sorkin says, not surprisingly, that trying to live up to expectations on a movie like this will be hard: “This was a little like writing about The Beatles,” he says. “There are so many people out there who know so much about him and who revere him, that I just saw a minefield of disappointment.”
Sorkin says the movie probably won’t be a complete account of everything Steve Jobs, just because that’s probably not the best way to really tell his story. Rather, “I’ll probably identify the point of friction that appeals to me and then approach that.” And of course, Sorkin has a little bit of experience writing about innovative tech figures already, having written the very well-done Social Network movie about Mark Zuckerberg and Facebook.
It’s still very early in the process, but Sorkin says that like Zuckerberg, he’ll have to see Jobs in a certain light to try and make his story resonate: “I can’t judge the character. He has to, for me, be a hero. I have to find the parts of him that are like me. I have to be able to defend this character. With someone like Steve Jobs, to put it as simply as possible, you want to write the character as if they are making the case to God why they should be allowed into heaven.”