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Sorkin Reveals Structure of Steve Jobs Biopic

Photo of Anne Thompson By Anne Thompson | Thompson on Hollywood November 15, 2012 at 4:48PM

Walter Isaacson's bestselling Steve Jobs biography was nothing if not a door-stopper. So writer Aaron Sorkin's challenge was to figure out a way in: cradle to grave biopic? One slice? He went with something closer to "Slumdog Millionaire"'s ingenious way of using the questions as entries to parts of a life.
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Aaron Sorkin

Walter Isaacson's bestselling Steve Jobs biography was nothing if not a door-stopper. So  writer Aaron Sorkin's challenge was to figure out a way in: cradle to grave biopic? One slice? The Oscar-winning "The Social Network" scribe went with something closer to "Slumdog Millionaire"'s ingenious way of using the questions as entries to parts of a life. At The Daily Beast's Hero Summit, Sorkin revealed that the biopic will come down to three key scenes, all leading up to a major product launch and end with the Jobs line, 'Here's to the crazy ones.'

As for "Newsroom," he said that the second season will end the day BEFORE the David Petraeus scandal. (More Hero Summit interviews include Eli Lake vs. chessmaster Garry Kasparov and Madeleine Albright.)

This article is related to: Aaron Sorkin, Biopics, Stuck In Love, IN THE WORKS


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Born and raised in Manhattan, Anne Thompson grew up going to the Thalia and The New Yorker and wound up at grad Cinema Studies at NYU. She worked at United Artists and Film Comment before heading west as that magazine's west coast editor. She wrote for the LA Weekly, Sight and Sound, Empire, The New York Times and Entertainment Weekly before serving as West Coast Editor of Premiere. She wrote for The Washington Post, The London Observer, Wired, More, and Vanity Fair, and did staff stints at The Hollywood Reporter and Variety. She eventually took her blog Thompson on Hollywood to Indiewire. She taught film criticism at USC Critical Studies, and continues to host the fall semester of “Sneak Previews” for UCLA Extension.