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Aaron Sorkin’s Steve Jobs script offers a unique look at a unique life

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Steve Jobs certainly didn't play by the rules. So it makes sense that the telling of his life story should be as innovative and unconventional as the man himself.

Apple users and non-users alike rejoiced earlier this year when uber-screenwriter Aaron Sorkin was tapped to pen the Jobs biopic being set up at Sony Pictures. Sorkin is by far the best man for the, uh, job, as he's certainly no stranger to peeking behind the curtain of big business ("The Social Network," "Moneyball") or coming up with memorable rat-a-tat dialogue when egos clash and tensions run high ("A Few Good Men," "The Newsroom").

We know Sorkin will do justice to a brilliant man who was also known for not being the nicest guy in the boardroom. But what was unexpected was the rather unorthodox way he'll be, shall we say, "unveiling" the tech pioneer.

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"I hope I don't get killed by the studio for giving too much away," Sorkin said at a Q&A The Daily Beast's Hero Summit on Thursday. "But this entire movie is going to be three scenes, and three scenes only, that all take place in real time."

"Each of these three scenes is going to take place backstage before a product launch," Sorkin continued. "The first one being the Mac [1984], the second one being NeXT [1990] and the third one being the iPod [2001]."

The fact that Sorkin's approach to the screenplay could be seen as being as "gimmicky" as some of the products created by the Apple co-founder himself is certainly appropriate. But Sorkin assures us that there's more to his script than just tricks and high concepts -- hopefully, the film will bring us all closer to a man whose persona has often been obscured in mystery.

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"One of the hesitations I had in taking on the movie was that it's a little like writing about The Beatles," Sorkin said. "There are so many people out there who know so much about him and who revere him. I saw a minefield of disappointment, frankly, that I was going to do something [wrong] and hopefully when I'm done with my research I'll be in the same ballpark of knowledge about Steve Jobs as so many people in this room are."

The film, which is currently being referred to under the working title of "Steve Jobs," will commence with production in 2013. The lead role has yet to be cast, though we'd like to officially suggest Tom Cruise for the part. Think about it, Sony.

A more traditional biography film, "Jobs," starring Ashton Kutcher, recently wrapped principal photography.