Sony Pictures has tapped its Oscar-winning “Social Network” scribe Aaron Sorkin to adapt “Steve Jobs,” Walter Isaacson’s bestselling biography of the late Apple co-founder.
Scott Rudin will produce with Mark Gordon and Guymon Casady.
Published late last year, “Steve Jobs” was Amazon’s best-selling book of 2011, selling more than 2.2 million hardcover copies.
“Steve Jobs’ story is unique: He was one of the most revolutionary and influential men not just of our time, but of all time,” said Amy Pascal, co-chairman of Sony Pictures Entertainment. “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, who earned an Oscar for adapting Ben Mezrich’s Facebook tome “The Accidental Billionaires,” previously wrote “Moneyball” for the studio. His other feature credits include the politically-themed trio “Charlie Wilson’s War,” “The American President” and “A Few Good Men,” as well as “Malice.”
Scribe is planning to adapt “The Politician,” Andrew Young’s bestselling book about former Senator John Edwards, which Sorkin will also produce and direct. He’s also developing a Broadway musical about legendary magician Harry Houdini, with Hugh Jackman slated to star in the play, which will debut next year.
Sorkin’s new TV series, “The Newsroom,” is skedded to premiere on HBO on June 24.