Steve Jobs movie to be penned by Social Network scribe

Aaron Sorkin, the acclaimed writer behind The Social Network, will be writing Sony's film about Steve Jobs.

Aaron Sorkin, the Oscar-winning writer behind Facebook movie The Social Network, will be writing a film about Steve Jobs for Sony Pictures, Slashfilm reports.

Sorkin was previously reported to be 'strongly considering' taking the writing job, which will see the late Jobs' life transformed into a silver-screen biopic.

Sony will be chuffed to have bagged Sorkin, whose screenplay credits include Moneyball and Charlie Wilson's War, and who is equally famed for creating The West Wing and helping turn The Social Network into a much better film than its name and premise would suggest.

The movie will be based on the Walter Isaacson biography that was published shortly after Jobs' death.

The tome revealed several interesting tidbits of information about Jobs and Apple, including word that the company was cooking up a TV set , as well as Jobs' ' thermonuclear ' hatred of Android .

In a statement a Sony Pictures exec said, "In [Sorkin's] hands, we're confident that the film will be everything that Jobs himself was: captivating, entertaining and polarising."

Meanwhile Ashton Kutcher is down to play the Apple co-founder in a separate indie movie tentatively dubbed Jobs: Get Inspired. Fingers crossed that title is ditched before the film's release.

I'm excited by the prospect of a Steve Jobs movie, especially if it has some real writing clout behind it. The Social Network ably proved that films centred on technology could make fascinating viewing, and Jobs certainly lived an interesting life.

Would you see a Steve Jobs flick? And more importantly, who would you cast to play Jobs himself? Let me know in the comments or on our Facebook wall.

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