There has been no shortage of tributes to the late Apple co-founder Steve Jobs over the past week. Oscar-winning screenwriter Aaron Sorkin (The Social Network, The West Wing) is the latest person to offer their condolences and speak of Jobs’ legacy – specifically, in the world of filmmaking, as chief executive of Pixar Animation Studios (offering us an interesting ‘what if’ scenario to ponder over).
Writing for Newsweek, Sorkin told of a conversation Jobs and he shared following the cancellation of his show Studio 60 on the Sunset Strip.
“I just want to make sure you’re not discouraged,” he said. Why would an almost stranger take even 60 seconds out of his day to make that call? It had to have been because he was an awfully nice man. And that he knew what it felt like to blow it on a big stage.
Jobs then invited Sorkin to write a film for Pixar, but Sorkin – a fan of the studio – demurred.
ME: I just—I don’t think I can make inanimate objects talk.
STEVE: Once you make them talk they won’t be inanimate.
ME: The truth is I don’t know how to tell those stories. I have a young kid who loves Pixar movies and she’ll turn cartwheels if I tell her I’m writing one and I don’t want to disappoint her by writing the only bad movie in the history of Pixar.
Sorkin turned down an offer by Jobs to tour the Pixar facility. He finishes his article with this tantalising line:
“I still keep thinking about that Pixar movie.”
Perhaps Sony will offer Sorkin the opportunity to adapt the Steve Jobs biography for the big screen instead.