Aaron Sorkin’s Steve Jobs movie will only cover 90 minutes of Jobs’ life
Yesterday at The Daily Beast’s Hero Summit in new New York Aaron Sorkin unveiled some previously top-secret details about the Jobs biopic he’s writing: the whole movie will consist of three scenes, each a half-hour long shot in real-time, which, as Sorkin said, “is when a half hour for you in the audience is the same as a half hour for the character on the screen. There will be no time cuts.”
Each of these three scenes is going to take place before a product launch—backstage before a product launch. The first one being the Mac, the second one being NeXT (after he had left Apple), and the third one being the iPod.
There’s no doubt Jobs perfected the art of the product-launch keynote presentation. He basically invented the concept of making a product launch into a media circus, and the full force of his personality was always on display, so it makes sense Sorkin would want to focus on these. But it sounds like he didn’t want to cover the rest of Jobs’ life because it’d be impossible to do it justice: “One of the hesitations I had in taking on the movie was that it’s a little like writing about The Beatles. There are so many people out there who know so much about him and who revere him. I saw a minefield of disappointment, frankly, that I was going to do something [wrong].”
Which I guess is kind of smart. But let’s take a second to recap some of the moments from Isaacson’s account that won’t make it in there:
Young Jobs tripping balls at the apple farm north of San Francisco, which he later named Apple after. Young Jobs refusing to wear shoes basically ever—including on routine outings to the grocery store and to a job interview at Atari. Jobs doing 80 down the highway his gold Mercedes, getting pulled over for a speeding ticket, and immediately taking off at 80mph again right in front of the cop who’d just pulled him over. Jobs refusing to buy any furniture for his house other than a mattress on the floor for years. Jobs flying into a tantrum at a product meeting for iMac and calling execs from another company “fucking dickless assholes” for not getting the cd drive design just right. Jobs’ deathbed visit from Bill Gates, after decades of suing each other, where they finally bury the hatchet.
Really? He’s gonna pass on all that stuff? Seems crazy—but then again, so did writing a movie about Facebook.