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Screenwriter Aaron Sorkin lifts the curtain on Steve Jobs biopic

16 Nov 2012

The man who brought Facebook founder Mark Zuckerberg's story to the big screen is also bringing Steve Jobs life to a theatre near you. Filmmaker Aaron Sorkin is currently writing an upcoming Jobs biopic

Sorkin recently spoke with The Daily Beast about his plans to turn Jobs life story into just three 30 minute scenes.

"I hope I don't get killed by the studio for giving too much away," Sorkin said while being interviewed at The Daily Beast's recent Hero Summit.

"But this entire movie is going to be three scenes, and three scenes only, that all take place in real time."

The three scenes in question will each take place in the moments leading up to a key announcement in Steve Jobs life. The first act of the film will cover the lead up to Jobs announcement of Apple. The second act will dissect the moments before the NeXT Cube announcement. While the third act covers the 30 minutes before the iPod keynote.

Sorkin makes it clear in his interview that the scenes will take place in real time. Meaning, no flashbacks to simpler times and no flash forwards to busier ones.

"[Real time] is when a half hour for you in the audience is the same as a half hour for the character on the screen," continued Sorkin.

"There will be no time cuts. Each of these three scenes is going to take place before a product launch, backstage before a product launch."

While the decision to write the film using that sort of structure is surprising, it also makes a lot of sense. The day Jobs announced Apple marks his original rise to success. His launch of NeXT represents his fall from Apple's grace. Then, finally, his release of the iPod marks his officially comeback and represents the perfect Hollywood ending for the film.

It's also important to note that this isn't the first time the "man talking about his life for 90 minutes" structure has been used as a narrative device. Theatre productions have been using it for years. Robert Altman also used it to great effect in his biopic of Richard Nixon called Secret Honor.

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