Oh Hollywood, you are known for two things: Cash Grabs, and Oscar Grabs. In that order. And today the ultimate in both has just surfaced. Steve Jobs’ autobiography written by Walter Isaacson and released last year is being turned into a film. This is not the same Steve Jobs project that Ashton Kutcher is starring in. That’s an indie. This Steve Jobs is the big leagues, and we know this because Sony (interesting considering they probably HATE apple) has hired, the king of dialogue, Aaron Sorkin to adapt the screenplay. I for one loved The Social Network, whether it was made up or not, because Sorkin can make anything sound super interesting even if it’s nerds talking about code.
The Social Network was the best film of its year (out of the films nominated), but probably because it’s demographic skewed just a little too young for its own good because it was about Facebook, which many people still deem a huge waste of time (even if they are on it and that’s hypocritical), and because it’s soundtrack was way too awesome, it didn’t win. The Kings Speech did. Why? Because it was English, old, and boring. Oscar voters LOVE english, old and boring. If I ever write a film I’m going to title it English, Old, and Boring, cast Tom Wilkinson and Colin Firth and watch the oscars pile up. Sony lost that year because it was too good for their own good, so this coming year, they are reloading with a similar film in Steve Jobs, with the same writer who crushed The Social Network, only this time they are making a film that definitively skews older, and because Steve Jobs has already passed away and he authorized the book in question that is being adapted, they have already fixed most of the problems The Social Network had going against it.
I salute Hollywood. Not for being original, but for never leaving a Cash Grab, or Oscar behind.
The Kings Speech won the battle, but Steve Jobs will win the war.