Right now, if you want to watch a fictionalized version of the story of Steve Jobs, you have one option: the so-so 1999 teleflick Pirates of Silicon Valley, with Noah Wyle as Apple’s cofounder. Before too long, though, there will be two fresh new choices: an independent biopic from Five Star Features and one from Sony that’s based on Walter Isaacson’s bestselling authorized biography.
And now Sony has got its wish: The company has signed up screenwriting superstar Aaron Sorkin to write its screenplay. Sorkin, of course, has plenty of experience writing about Silicon Valley tech legends, having already tackled Facebook’s Mark Zuckerberg. And his famously snappy patter should be a good fit for the quick-witted, tart-tongued Jobs.
Meanwhile, the indie film has a head start production-wise, and it snagged a big star in Ashton Kutcher to play the title role. (I’m trying to keep my mind open about that casting, although the first photos of him in costume, as published on TMZ, have me a tad worried.)
Herewith, a comparison of the two movies. (There’s a lot we don’t yet know, especially about Sony’s effort.)
More details will presumably emerge about both epics before they hit theaters. For the moment, the big question is obvious: Who’s going to play Jobs in the Sorkin movie? I still think that Keanu Reeves would make a swell Steve, although at 47, he’s probably too, um, mature for the role.