Aaron Sorkin wants to make one thing very clear – his latest film Steve Jobs is not a biopic.
The film, which follows Apple co-founder Steve Jobs’ evolution from entrepreneur to tech visionary, is set in three distinct time periods; in 1984, when Jobs – played by Michael Fassbender – launched the Macintosh, in 1988 after founding his own firm NeXT, and in 1998 when he introduced the iMac. Each part of the film is set in real time, which the screenwriter says allows the audience to get to know Jobs better.
“He was somebody that I really wish I could have met,” Sorkin said during an interview on The Morning Show Tuesday. “I would have had a lot questions for him.”
Sorkin revealed that he had actually spoken on the phone with Jobs three times before his death – though none of the calls had anything to do with the prospect of a movie about his life.
“He called me out of the blue once just to say he enjoyed something I had written, and then he called me again and invited me to tour Pixar, in the hope that I would write something for Pixar. Then finally he called me for help on his Stanford commencement speech,” he said.
“If this movie were about someone else, I think Steve Jobs might like it. I think it would appeal to his ‘Think Different’ stance.”
Steve Jobs, which opened last Friday, is the latest movie to examine the Silicon Valley visionary who mesmerized the masses with his trendsetting gadgets while alienating his subordinates and friends with an almost inhumane cruel streak.
The project didn’t come easy to the accomplished screenwriter Sorkin, who called the film “a minefield of disappointment” thanks to Jobs’ massive fan following.
Jobs’ supporters probably won’t be happy with Sorkin’s interpretation of Jobs, even though previously released movies – including 2013’s Jobs – have drawn similar portraits depicting him as a genius megalomaniac who berated and betrayed people.
“To a lot of people Steve Jobs is like The Beatles – and there is no way you’re not going to disappoint them,” Sorkin said.
– With files from The Associated Press