hbo's silicon valley
When it comes to tech-inspired entertainment that isn’t contained within an app, pickings are surprisingly slim. The same themes — Silicon Valley culture, Steve Jobs — are recycled again and again, usually not to amazing effect.
That’s why everyone’s so thoroughly freaking out about HBO’s forthcoming Silicon Valley. Mike Judge, of Beavis and Butthead, Office Space and Idiocracy Read More
Apple in Your Eye
Did we mention that winter is coming? Y Combinator is funding less startups in its winter 2013 cycle—less than 50 so far, down from 84 this summer. To reach the smaller number, the accelerator focused on predictors of failure. Turned out, they took a friendlier view of applicants they met after lunch. [Y Combinator]
Apple in Your Eye
We haven’t really been following All Things D’s D10 conference, but when we heard Aaron Sorkin was slated to hit the stage, we decided to cue up the livestream. It’s a slow news day, after all.
We’re glad we did, though. In a discussion with Walt Mossberg, Mr. Sorkin revealed a few interesting details about the current film he’s working on–an adaptation of Walter Isaacson’s biography of the late Steve Jobs–including what kind of actor he envisions playing the title role.
Betabeat Goes Moviegoing
Oh look, someone at Forbes found this vaguely sad Craigslist ad soliciting extras for a “movie on Steve Jobs” filming next week in Palo Alto. Cult of Mac and Gizmodo both conjecture that, probably based on the general paltriness of Craigslist extra trawling, the ad is for serial entrepreneur Ashton Kutcher’s Steve Jobs biopic, jOBS, though it doesn’t explicitly state that.
Apple in Your Eye
We almost missed it amid all the excitement, but yesterday Aaron Sorkin let slip a few more details regarding Sony’s upcoming biopic of Steve Jobs, based on that doorstop of a Walter Isaacson biography. For one thing, they’ve hired Woz as an advisor on matters both technical and Jobs-related.
It also sounds like Mr. Sorkin will once again be making free with the poetic license:
“I know so little about what I am going to write. I know what I am not going to write. It can’t be a straight ahead biography because it’s very difficult to shake the cradle-to-grave structure of a biography, ” Sorkin told Reuters in an interview for his upcoming HBO drama “The Newsroom.”
This is just going to be Citizen Kane, but with computers, isn’t it? Too bad Mr. Sorkin isn’t enough of a nerd to make Mr. Jobs’s blue box into the twenty-first century Rosebud.
The Tao of Steve
One Steve Jobs biopic isn’t cool. You know what’s cool? TWO Steve Jobs biopics. At least according to Hollywood.
Though it’s been widely-rumored since late last year, a press release issued by Sony Pictures yesterday confirmed what is either your worst nightmare or dream come true, depending on how pearl-clutchy you are about the tech industry: Aaron Sorkin will be adapting Walter Isaacson’s bestselling biography of Steve Jobs for Sony Pictures. We’re positive it will be every bit as packed with heavy-handed dramatic irony and “so bad it’s good” euphoria as The Social Network is.
Word broke today that Aaron Sorkin (The West Wing, A Few Good Men, The Social Network) is on the shortlist of those Sony is looking at to write the biopic of Steve Jobs. Surely, it could be like most of Sorkin’s screenplays often are a massive hit. To be kind, there’s just a hint of unfortunate awkwardness that could come into play with Aaron Sorkin at the helm. To be fair: Sorkin’s just not the right guy for this.