In an interview with The Daily Beast, screenwriter Aaron Sorkin revealed that he took a unique approach with his Steve Jobs biopic, jOBS. Rather than being 2-3 hour origin story, the film is comprised of three, 30-minute long acts. Each of these are in real time and set backstage at launch events that Jobs presided over – the first Macintosh, the NeXTcube and the first iPod.
This unconventional approach is well-suited to Sorkin’s dialog talents. No one can write exchanges between characters preparing for something (a sports news program, a sketch show, etc.) quite like him and the movie will undoubtedly be interesting. That said, I would have preferred something more in the vein of The Social Network. How cool would it have been to follow Jobs and Wozniak through the early years of Apple? If that’s what you’re looking for, you can either re-watch The Pirates of Silicon Valley or check out Joshua Michael Stern’s more traditional Steve Jobs’ biopic, Jobs. Stern’s film is currently in post-production and will be released next year.
So, who will win in the battle of Jobs vs. jOBS (note to producers: as a simple-minded man, I find those titles confusing)? Sorkin’s script is a direct decedent of Walter Isaacson’s extensive, bestselling Jobs biography. That fact along with Sorkin’s involvement will likely lend that feature more weight in the eye of critics & fans. The other stars Ashton Kutcher, which likely will not.