Steve Jobs movie is ‘not opportunistic’: Sorkin

Reporting by William Trafford, written by Alexandra Gibbs.
Steve Jobs movie 'isn't opportunistic'
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As Danny Boyle's latest creation, "Steve Jobs" is to hit cinemas this Fall, it's already stirring up controversy thanks to Jobs' successor, Apple's current CEO, Tim Cook.

Aaron Sorkin, screenwriter for "Steve Jobs" has been in the line of fire over the weekend, after retaliating to comments made by the CEO on The Late Show, that filmmakers creating movies on Jobs, were "opportunistic."

In an exclusive interview with CNBC, Sorkin said while the film was "not opportunistic," he hoped Cook would enjoy the film.

"(The film is) not opportunistic. Tim Cook hasn't seen the film yet, or hadn't when he made that comment on Colbert. Nobody signed up for this movie to get rich; it's just not that kind of movie. So I hope that when Tim Cook sees it, he enjoys it as much as I enjoy his products."

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Similar to Sorkin's work on "The Social Network"; "Steve Jobs" portrays a tech genius while unveiling the rough side to the character. However, "harshness" may come out through their dedication to their work, Sorkin says.

"Steve was aware of his own imperfections, and had a need therefore for his products to be perfect, that's what he wanted to be known for. If somebody got in the way of him making that product perfect – because his identity was so wrapped up in that product – that's where the harshness comes from."

"This is not a biopic"

The film is "not a biopic" both Sorkin, and director, Danny Boyle stress. To explore the co-founder's identity, the film team focused on relationships Steve Jobs had, which was done using three key scenes, all taking place backstage, in the minutes leading up to Jobs' product launches.

Director of "Steve Jobs", Danny Boyle said he chose to focus on the "behind the scenes" aspect to present a a man "stripped bare", showcasing Jobs from his "ferocious energy", to "this terrible cunning full of guile man."

Steve Jobs at Macworld in 2004.
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Like other films, to achieve the level of depth and intrigue, Sorkin put the research in, from studying Walter Isaacson's book, "Steve Jobs", to conversing with those who knew the Apple co-founder.

"It was those first-person accounts where the ideas for stories began forming. It was easy to see points of friction between Steve and these characters. I selected five of them, five stories, and I tell them in an unusual way. This is not a biopic," Sorkin said.

Actors also immersed themselves fully with their characters by interviewing the actual people who knew Apple's co-founder, including Kate Winslet, who plays Jobs' right hand woman, Joanna Hoffman, and Jeff Daniels, who plays former Apple CEO, John Sculley.

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While the previous film adaptation on Steve Jobs received criticism, Boyle told CNBC he wasn't daunted by the task, as not only was the script "first class" along with its cast; there was an extraordinary opportunity to examine an individual who's legacy has grown significantly in recent years.

"You've got to be provoked by this extraordinary opportunity to examine this man who's legacy has grown since his passing, you know, it's not diminished at all and he's one of the major figures in our lives."

—Written by CNBC's Alexandra Gibbs, follow her on Twitter @AlexGibbsy.