Yesterday afternoon, screenwriter Aaron Sorkin was on stage with Walt Mossberg at All Things Digital’s D10 Conference. Sorkin is famous for his movies A Few Good Men, Charlie Wilson’s War, and The Social Network. He is also known for his work on television including The West Wing, Studio 60 on the Sunset Strip, and most recently, The Newsroom. A few weeks ago it was announced that Sorkin would be adapting Walter Isaacson’s book, Steve Jobs, for Sony Pictures.
In yesterday’s interview, Sorkin said that he was in the very early stages of writing the movie, and he had yet to decide its focus. He said that it will be a challenge to write a script that fully portrays the complexities of Jobs’s personality. He explained that movies, especially those based on actual events, should be viewed as art as opposed to a photograph, meaning that a writer cannot include every aspect of a person’s life in a film. Sorkin and Mossberg also discussed the difficulties for writing television in an era with so many technological distractions for viewers. Sorkin is one of the few people at D10 not associated with the world of technology and highlights from his interview can be seen HERE. When the full video of the interview is available, I will post a link.
UPDATE: The full video is available HERE.