Another Steve Jobs film in the pipeline - this one’s official

Steve Jobs

Aaron Sorkin, Oscar-winning screenwriter of The Social Network, signs up for Sony's Jobs film

LAST UPDATED AT 14:15 ON Wed 16 May 2012

FILMING might have already started on a movie about the life of Steve Jobs, starring Two and a Half Men actor Ashton Kutcher, but it has major league competition. Sony is set to make another film, based on Walter Isaacson’s authorised biography of the Apple co-founder.
 
The Hollywood Reporter says the book will be adapted into a script by Aaron Sorkin, the Oscar-winning screenwriter behind The Social Network, A Few Good Men and The West Wing. Sony reportedly paid $1 million for the rights to the official biography, which was Amazon’s best-selling title of 2011.
 
In a statement, Sony Pictures co-chairman Amy Pascal said there was "no writer working in Hollywood today who is more capable of capturing such an extraordinary life".
 
The Kutcher film, Jobs, is less ambitious in scope. It covers the early years of Apple, when Jobs was in his 20s. Kutcher has been spotted on set recently wearing Jobs's trademark black polo-neck and jeans. But some critics have already questioned whether Kutcher, known for his comedy roles, has what it takes to carry off the part.
 
The independent film, with a budget of around $5 million, is hoping to make its debut at next year’s Cannes film festival. We will have to wait a little longer to see how it compares with the Sony biopic.
 
The Hollywood Reporter points out that by only signing a scriptwriter - rather than a full production crew - Sony seems in no rush with this project, "believing that pedigree will be one of its distinguishing factors". · 

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