Earlier this week, Ashton Kutcher was spotted in his bad idea jeans on his way to the set of a Steve Jobs biopic we’re sure will be just fantastic and not hilariously terrible at all. Little did he know that last night Sony and Columbia would be announcing a screenwriter was hired for their own Steve Jobs biopic.
So which of these dueling bios has the advantage? Well, let’s see. One has Ashton Kutcher and is produced by a guy who’s never produced a movie before. The other has Sony and Columbia’s backing, is based on the best-selling authorized biography Steve Jobs by Walter Isaacson, and did we mention the screenwriter who just signed on to the project is freakin’ Aaron Sorkin? Yes, the guy who won the Oscar for The Social Network and also wrote The West Wing and A Few Good Men. Don’t break the news to Kutcher — he can’t handle the truth.
This isn’t the first time Sorkin’s name has been brought up regarding a Steve Jobs biopic. Back in November, Sorkin told E! it was something he was “strongly considering.” Amusingly, back when Vince wrote about this, a “veteran casting director” was saying Ashton Kutcher would be a good casting choice. Wow. Looks like someone else was also wearing the Bad Idea Jeans.
Sony paid $1 million to option Isaacson’s authorized biography, which was Amazon’s best-selling book of 2011 despite being published near the end of the year. Clearly, they’re taking this seriously. Please, please let Sorkin write the older version of Jobs and cast Stanley Tucci. Not every movie has to be about young people and star Abercrombie & Fitch models. Unless it’s a tense docu-drama about kidnapped, shirtless Abercrombie & Fitch models penned by Aaron Sorkin. I’d totally watch that.