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Wednesday, November 23, 2011, 07:40 am PT (10:40 am ET)

'Social Network' scribe 'strongly considering' Steve Jobs movie

Aaron Sorkin, an Oscar-winning screenwriter for his work on The Social Network, has said he is "strongly considering" writing a movie based on the life of Steve Jobs.

Sony has asked Sorkin to write the movie, it's an offer that he's currently weighing, he confirmed in a conversation with E! Online. He called him a "great artist" and "great thinker."

"Right now I'm just in the thinking-about-it stages," he reportedly said. "It's a really big movie and it's going to be a great movie no matter who writes it."

Rumors that Sorkin was asked to write the movie first surfaced last month, when it was said that he was the top choice for Sony. At the time, it was said that Sorkin was considering the project, but this week's comments by the screenwriter are the first official confirmation.

Sorkin tackled Silicon Valley in the film The Social network, an adapted screenplay based on the story of Mark Zuckerberg and his founding of Facebook. The movie earned Sorkin an Academy Award for best adapted screenplay.

Before the biography even went on sale to the public, Sony acquired the movie rights to Walter Isaacson's authorized take on the life of Jobs. The book has already gone on to become one of the best selling books of the year.

Steve Jobs biography


Previous films by Sorkin include Moneyball, The American President, and Charlie Wilson's War. He also worked on the TV shows The West Wing and Sports Night.

As for who might take on the role of Jobs, last week a rumor claimed that George Clooney and Noah Wyle were both in contention to play the Apple co-founder in Sony's big-screen adaptation. Wyle already played Jobs once in the 1999 TV movie "Pirates of Silicon Valley," which also featured Joey Slotnick playing Apple's Steve Wozniak.