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Aaron Sorkin Reveals There’s Seven Other Characters In His “Very Compressed, Very Claustrophobic” Biopic ‘Jobs’

Aaron Sorkin Reveals There's Seven Other Characters In His "Very Compressed, Very Claustrophobic" Biopic 'Jobs'

“I think that you can do 10 more movies about Steve Jobs,” screenwriter Aaron Sorkin told Bloomberg TV. “And I think if you lined up 10 writers and said ‘write a movie about Steve Jobs,’ you’d get 10 different movies, all of them worth going to see.” He has a point. An innovator, genius and tyrant, there are many sides to the life of the late Apple figurehead Steve Jobs, and trying to distill it all into one movie is a tricky endeavour. For the forthcoming “Jobs,” set to be directed by Danny Boyle and with Michael Fassbender eyed for the lead role, Sorkin has decided to approach his life through the framework of three product launches, via a script he’s already described as having “more words to say in this movie than most people have in three movies combined” for the leading man. But don’t for a moment think he’s forgotten about the side players.

In another excerpt from his talk with Bloomberg TV (see below), Sorkin reveals that there will be a gallery of supporting players around the Jobs character. “I’ve spent a lot of time with the other seven characters who are in the movie, like Joanna Hoffman, who’s a fantastic character. She was the head of marketing for the Mac team,” Sorkin explained. “John Sculley was the CEO of Apple and became famous, or infamous depending on how you look at it, for firing Steve Jobs from Apple. He’s a wonderful man and a great character. In this movie, Jobs has conflicts with all of them that get dramatized and worked out in a very compressed, very claustrophobic environment.” 

Apple nerds will be keen to note some of those names. Sculley’s hiring in the early ’80s sparked a power struggle between the former Pepsi executive and Jobs, while Hoffman is an integral but probably lesser known part of the Apple puzzle. Told via Sorkin’s rapid fire dialogue, this could be most interesting (though if you’re not a fan, this all sounds like it’ll make you a bit seasick).

Sony is aiming for the film to be in production this winter, so perhaps “Jobs” will boot up in a cinema near you in 2015. Until we know more, watch the interview segment with Sorkin below. [via The Wrap]

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