Aaron Sorkin Shares Details of Steve Jobs Biopic

Writer will tell Apple founder's story with three key scenes

Aaron Sorkin and Steve Jobs
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November 16, 2012 8:30 AM ET

Aaron Sorkin's Steve Jobs biopic will comprise three key scenes from the late entrepreneur's life, Sorkin said yesterday at "The Hero Summit" hosted by Newsweek and The Daily Beast.

Sorkin said he will focus on the creation of the Mac; NeXT, the company Jobs founded in 1985 after leaving Apple; and the creation of the iPod. He said he wants to end the movie with an early Apple ad that showed famous figures from pop culture, including Albert Einstei, John Lennon, Gandhi, Muhammad Ali and Amelia Earhart, and opened with the phrase, "Here's to the crazy ones." Jobs died in 2011.

"If I can live up to that ending . . . I will have won," said Sorkin, who had what he called a "phone relationship" with Jobs, who Sorkin said asked him for help writing the commencement speech he gave at Stanford in 2005.

In a discussion with The Daily Beast editor Tina Brown that touched on the unfolding scandal involving former C.I.A. head and four-star general David Petraeus; Sorkin's early 2000s drama The West Wing; and his 2010 movie The Social Network, about Mark Zuckerberg and the founding of Facebook; Brown observed that Jobs had been a "flawed genius."

Sorkin replied, "There's no point to writing about someone unless they are flawed."

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