May 16, 2012 / 1:37 AM / 6 years ago

Aaron Sorkin to pen screenplay for Steve Jobs film

LOS ANGELES (Reuters) - Steve Jobs’ life will be brought to the big screen by Oscar-winning screenwriter Aaron Sorkin in a movie based on Walter Isaacson’s best-selling biography of the enigmatic co-founder of Apple, maker of iPods and iPads.

Reserved copies of a newly released biography of Steve Jobs are displayed at a bookstore in Hong Kong October 24, 2011.REUTERS/Bobby Yip

Sony Pictures Entertainment on Tuesday unveiled plans to put Sorkin, who wrote Facebook film “The Social Network,” behind the screenplay of what will be a major release for the movie studio.

“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,” Amy Pascal, co-chairman of Sony Pictures Entertainment, said in a statement.

Sorkin will adapt Isaacson’s best-selling biography that topped book charts and became the top-seller of 2011 following Jobs’ death last October after a long battle with cancer.

Sorkin won a best adapted screenplay Oscar for his work on “Social Network” in 2011, and was nominated for a best writing Oscar in 2012 for “Moneyball.”

He also penned TV political drama “The West Wing” and is the creator of upcoming HBO’ “The Newsroom,” a behind-the-scenes look at a fictional cable news channel.

Reporting By Piya Sinha-Roy; Editing by Bob Tourtellotte

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