Aaron Sorkin’s Steve Jobs film will consist of only three scenes – and you will love each of them equally, you will cherish their rapid-fire dialogue and wit, you will feel as if you know Steve Jobs and Apple when they end, and you will also probably have to try to remember what in the hell “NeXT” was.
Reporting from their own “Hero Summit,” The Daily Beast (via THR and /Film) shares some very interesting details regarding the set-up and structure of Sorkin’s Sony-landed Jobs biopic. Namely, the project will consist of just three scenes. Pardon, Sorkin, can you expound? “This entire movie is going to be three scenes, and three scenes only, that all take place in real time.” Uh huh.
But wait! Sorkin’s plan is actually, well, somewhat masterful (hell, the man is an Oscar winner). See, these won’t be just three random scenes, but three thirty-minute scenes that are all set in the lead-up to three major Apple product launches. Those three launches? The original Macintosh computer (1984), the NeXT Cube (1990), and the original iPod (2001). Now if that doesn’t illuminate both Jobs and Apple on one heck of a brilliant, microcosmic level, nothing else will.
The screenwriter has also figured out exactly how he’s going to end the film – with a “text or voiceover of the quote, ‘Here’s to the crazy ones,’ which refers to Apple’s famous ‘Think Different’ TV ad campaign from 1997.” That certainly sounds specific and a might constricting, but Sorkin said of his plan: “If I can earn that ending then I’ll have written the movie that I want to write.”
Sorkin officially signed on for the project in May of this year. There is still no word on who will direct or star in the production.
Sorkin’s film is, of course, not to be confused with Jobs, the Joshua Michael Stern-directed, Ashton Kutcher-starring Jobs biopic that will certainly be less, er, creative.