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Steve Jobs Biopic to Take Place in Real Time During Three Product Launches

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First, forget about that Ashton-Kutcher-as-Steve-Jobs movie – that’s not what we’re talking about here. This is the Steve Jobs biopic written by Oscar-winner Aaron Sorkin (‘The Social Network,’ ‘A Few Good Men’) that will serve as, for all intents and purposes, the official biopic of record. And what Sorkin is bringing to the film is certainly groundbreaking. Instead of using a traditional structure, the film will take place over three days in Jobs’ life as he launched three of Apple’s biggest products.

Sorking spoke to The Daily Beast about the movie and after cautioning, “I hope I don’t get killed by the studio for giving too much away,” proceeded to explain his plan for the upcoming movie.

This entire movie is going to be three scenes, and three scenes only, that all take place in real time. There’ll be no time cuts. Each of these three scenes is going to take place before a product launch…The first one being the Mac, the second one being NeXT after he left Apple and the third one being the iPod.

It’s a bold move for a movie like this to adopt such an unorthodox structure but if we have faith that anyone can pull it off, it’s Sorkin (who adopted a fairly odd structure for another real life tech story in ‘The Social Network’).

Sorkin added that it’s his plan to have the movie end with a text-over that would repeat the classic “Think Different” text from the late-90s ad campaign that went as follows:

Here’s to the crazy ones. The misfits. The rebels. The troublemakers. The round pegs in the square holes. The ones who see things differently. They’re not fond of rules. And they have no respect for the status quo. You can quote them, disagree with them, glorify or vilify them. About the only thing you can’t do is ignore them. Because they change things. They push the human race forward. While some may see them as the crazy ones, we see genius. Because the people who are crazy enough to think they can change the world, are the ones who do

No director is currently attached to direct the still untitled film but with the project set up at Sony Pictures, we can’t help but wonder if David Fincher is interested.

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