Sorkin: Yep, I was pitched to pen Steve Jobs movie

Aaron Sorkin says he was, in fact, pitched by Sony Pictures to write the screenplay for the upcoming film about Apple's late co-founder, and that he's "strongly" considering the opportunity.

Sorkin talking to CBS News about "The Social Network" in 2010.
Sorkin talking to CBS News about "The Social Network" in 2010. CBS

The writer of the Oscar-winning film "The Social Network," and long-running TV series "The West Wing," has confirmed that he's been pitched on penning a film about late Apple co-founder Steve Jobs.

In an interview this week with E! Online, screenwriter and producer Aaron Sorkin reportedly said that Sony Pictures asked him to write the movie, and that it was something he was "strongly considering."

"Right now I'm just in the thinking-about-it stages," Sorkin told E! "It's a really big movie and it's going to be a great movie no matter who writes it."

The interview confirms a report from the Los Angeles Times last month, which said that Sorkin was being courted by producers for involvement in the film, which is likely to include many of the details in author Walter Isaacson's authorized biography of Jobs.

Sorkin told E! he was currently reading the book as research.

Sorkin famously penned "The Social Network" from Ben Mezrich's book "The Accidental Billionaires," which chronicled the founding and rise of Facebook. The film went on to win critical acclaim, though it failed to pick up an Oscar for Best Picture at the 83rd Annual Academy Awards, after being nominated. It did, however, win three Academy Awards, including one for Best Screenplay Adaptation, which went to Sorkin.

The tidbit is the latest in a slow simmer of rumors about the creation of the film, which has not been announced. Last month Sony registered a number of domains about the work in progress, including stevejobs-film.com, and stevejobs-thefilm.com. More recently, a rumor surfaced that Sony was hankering to get George Clooney or Noah Wyle to play the role of Jobs. If picked, Wyle, would be reprising the role, after having portrayed Jobs in the 1999 made-for-TV movie "Pirates of Silicon Valley," opposite Anthony Michael Hall's Bill Gates.

 

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