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Thursday, May 17, 2012, 08:00 pm PT (11:00 pm ET)

Apple co-founder Steve Wozniak hired as 'tutor' for Sony's Steve Jobs film

Apple co-founder Steve Wozniak has been brought on as a "tutor" to coach Sony Pictures on its adaptation of the biography of the late Steve Jobs.

Just days after announcing that he would write the screenplay for the film, Aaron Sorkin spoke to the press about his approach to the project, according to Reuters (via The Next Web). He said Wozniak would consult on technology, as well as provide insight on Jobs.

Wozniak served as the technical mind to Jobs' keen business sense in the early days of Apple. "We were very much alike in that time frame," Wozniak said in a recent interview.

"Steve [Jobs] was an incredible leader and a manager, he went through an awful lot of things in life that got him to that point," he added.

Sorkin also revealed that the film will not be just a biopic. "I know so little about what I am going to write. I know what I am not going to write. It can't be a straight ahead biography because it's very difficult to shake the cradle-to-grave structure of a biography, " he said.

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Apple co-founder Steve Wozniak | Source: ABC News


The writer pointed "The Social Network," for which he won an Academy Award, as an example of the kind of story he wants to portray. The film centered around the lawsuit between Facebook founder Mark Zuckerberg and his early partners.

"Drama is tension versus obstacle. Someone wants something, something is standing in their way of getting it. They want the money, they want the girl, they want to get to Philadelphia - doesn't matter ... And I need to find that event and I will. I just don't know what it is," he said.

Sony Pictures was said to have worked out a deal for the movie rights to Walter Isaacson's "Steve Jobs" biography within days of the executive's passing. At the time, Sorkin was reportedly Sony's top choice for a scriptwriter.

Separately, an independent production company is looking to make its own film about Jobs. Actor Ashton Kutcher has been cast as the lead role in that project, which will cover from the year 1971 to 2000. Broadway star Josh Gad will reportedly play Wozniak in the indie film.