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Aaron Sorkin to write Steve Jobs biopic

  • Steve Jobs & Steve Wozniak, Reuters

    Apple co-founders Steve Jobs and Steve Wozniak. (Reuters)

  • Ashton Kutcher Steve Jobs Split AP

    Ashton Kutcher (left) will play late Apple founder Steve Jobs, pictured at right in 1991. (AP)

Steve Jobs will come to life on screen courtesy of "The Social Network" writer Aaron Sorkin, who is set to pen a movie about the Apple visionary, Sony Pictures announced Tuesday.

The film will be based on the biography of Jobs written by Walter Isaacson and published following the technology guru's death. The 56-year-old co-founder and former CEO of Apple passed away on Oct. 5, 2011, after a long battle with cancer.

The Sorkin project is separate to an indie biopic called "Jobs," which has Ashton Kutcher in the star role.

'Steve Jobs' story is unique: He was one of the most revolutionary and influential men not just of our time but of all time.'

- Sony Pictures' Amy Pascal

"Steve Jobs' story is unique: He was one of the most revolutionary and influential men not just of our time but of all time," Sony Pictures' Amy Pascal said in a statement obtained by the Wall Street Journal.

"There is no writer working in Hollywood today who is more capable of capturing such an extraordinary life for the screen than Aaron Sorkin," Pascal said. "In his hands, we're confident that the film will be everything that Jobs himself was: captivating, entertaining, and polarizing."

Sorkin won an Academy Award for Best Adapted Screenplay for "The Social Network," which chronicled the founding of Facebook.

He also created Washington drama series "The West Wing" and took a fictionalized look backstage at a sports news show with the series "Sports Night," which ran from 1998 to 2000.

He had earlier said, as he mulled an offer to write the film, that a Jobs biopic would be "a great movie no matter who writes it."

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