Sorkin reportedly written a 181-page, three-act screenplay that spans 16 years and could yield a very long movie. Based on Walter Isaacson’s 2011 tome, the film passed from director to director, and studio to studio, like a hot potato before finally landing at Universal, with Oscar winner Danny Boyle at the helm. (The Sony Hack revealed the tumultuous back-and-forth between then-Sony chief Amy Pascal and producer Scott Rudin.) Sorkin has said that he wanted to skirt the conventional “cradle-to-grave structure of a biography,” looking instead at a “point of friction that appeals to me…I can’t judge the character, he has to for me be a hero. I have to find the parts of him like me, I have to be able to defend his character.”
Set backstage at three iconic product launches and ending in 1998 with the unveiling of the iMac, “Steve Jobs” launches in theaters October 9, smack dab in the Fall awards corridor. No word yet whether the film will get any festival berths.