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A Steve Jobs biopic is set to be handed to Aaron Sorkin, who brought the story of Facebook's Mark Zuckerberg to the big screen in Oscar-winning movie The Social Network.
It has been widely reported that Sorkin is "strongly considering" an offer to write a biopic about the Apple co-founder and former CEO.
Sorkin, who also created The West Wing and was a writer for Oscar-tipped drama Moneyball, recently spoke to E! Online. He explained that he was currently reading Walter Isaacson's biography of the late Jobs. It is believed that Sony paid $1 million for the movie rights to the biography just last month.
Sorkin said, “Right now I'm just in the thinking-about-it stages.”
He added: "It's a really big movie and it's going to be a great movie no matter who writes it. He was a great entrepreneur, he was a great artist, a great thinker. He's probably inspired [my 11-year-old daughter] Roxy more than he's inspired me … she plays with all his toys."
Sony Pictures has previously produced high-speed and high profile movies “This Is It,” with Michael Jackson, and “The Social Network” about Facebook co-founder Mark Zuckerberg.
Who can best play Jobs, is one of the questions that emerged. Jobs had been played just once before in Martyn Burke’s 1999 television movie “Pirates of Silicon Valley” by Noah Wyle.
In a previous interview with Fortune, Wyle told the magazine about the experience at the time referring to Jobs as the most Shakespearean figure in American culture in the last 50 years:
“I’ve never seen anything like this. I have to play this guy. I was so taken by his presence, his confidence, smugness, smartness, ego, and his story’s trajectory.”
Regarding the title of the film, names such as “iSteve” and “iJobs” have been pointed as options by media reports, referring to Apple’s “i” products such as the iPad, iPhone and iPod.
The book is based on more than 40 interviews with Jobs as well as interviews with family members, friends, adversaries, competitors, and colleagues.
Isaacson described his last visit to Jobs, where he found the visionary in some pain and weak, however, he said that “his mind was still sharp and his humor vibrant."
In their final interview at Jobs' home in Palo Alto, California, Steve Jobs revealed that he wanted the book to be written because: "I wanted my kids to know me."
"I wasn't always there for them and I wanted them to know why and to understand what I did," Isaacson quoted Jobs as saying.
The book “Steve Jobs” was quickly released on Oct. 24, following Steve Job’s death.