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Tuesday, May 15, 2012, 06:35 pm PT (09:35 pm ET)

'Social Network' scribe signs on to adapt official Steve Jobs biography

Aaron Sorkin, the award-winning writer who wrote the screenplay for The Social Network, has agreed to adapt Walter Isaacson's authorized biography of Apple co-founder Steve Jobs.

Sony Pictures Entertainment announced on Tuesday that Sorkin had signed on to the project, as noted by /film.

“Steve Jobs’ story is unique: he was one of the most revolutionary and influential men not just of our time but of all time," said Sony Pictures co-chairman Amy Pascal. "There is no writer working in Hollywood today who is more capable of capturing such an extraordinary life for the screen than Aaron Sorkin; 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 his work on The Social Network, a movie about Mark Zuckerberg and the creation of Facebook. He is also famous for creating the television show The West Wing.

Last October, reports emerged that Sorkin was Sony's top choice for the biopic. The writer then responded that he was "strongly considering" the role. It was also reported last year that George Clooney and Noah Wyle were in contention for the role of Jobs in the film.

Steve Jobs biography


Isaacson's book, "Steve Jobs," was Amazon's best-selling book last year, despite having just weeks of availability. The biography was rushed to print after Jobs passed away last October at the age of 56. Sony reportedly signed a seven-figure deal for the book's movie rights just days after the death of the Apple co-founder.

Sony may find itself beat to screens by "Jobs: Get Inspired," an independent biopic about Jobs that could arrive as early as later this year. Actor Ashton Kutcher will take the title role, while "Book of Mormon" Broadway star Josh Gad is believed to play the role of Apple co-founder Steve Wozniak. Mark Hulme, the film's producer, has said he is hoping for a fourth-quarter 2012 release.