Here’s a prediction: Aaron Sorkin’s film adaptation of Walter Isaacson’s Steve Jobs biography is going to be a disaster. It will likely be a good-looking, entertaining disaster, full of fast-talking geniuses who deliciously get their comeuppance at the hand of the even smarter, faster-talking Jobs. When it opens at a theater near you in a few years’ time, the film will become the toast of Hollywood and an instant blockbuster, and not long after it will attain the status of documentary truth: Sorkin’s film will become the definitive account of Jobs’ life, the thing we’ll all think about when we try to remember Steve Jobs.
This will happen despite yourself, even if you understand that Sorkin is a talented but arrogant hack who doesn’t care about the truth. That’s what’s so dangerous about this film, and why I cringed, this week, when Sorkin took the stage at the D10 Conference and talked about Jobs. If Sorkin’s last movie and Isaacson’s book are any guide, you can expect this collaboration to completely, heroically misread what made the Apple founder so successful.
What do you think? The article has an interesting and seemingly accurate take on Sorkin and how he portrays his characters and is sadly on the mark in the characterization of Isaackson’s book.