In an upcoming movie, Sony Pictures is set to bring about a pairing of writer and subject that could not be better.
Aaron Sorkin, the scribe behind my favourite TV series, The West Wing, the recent Brad Pitt-starring Moneyball, The Social Network and Charlie Wilson's War has been announced as the writer of Sony's upcoming film covering the life of Apple CEO Steve Jobs.
Not only will Sorkin's insight into the workings of Silicon Valley, gleaned from his Oscar-winning script that charted the rise of Facebook, stand him in good stead, but his ability to truly understand the people he writes, fictional or otherwise, will be essential.
Jobs, who died in October last year, was the type of complex character that an inferior writer could easily stereotype and, as a result, damage his legacy.
Sorkin will draw heavily from the only authorised biography of Steve Jobs, written by Walter Isaacson, and no doubt perform his own research to assemble a character whose motives and mantras many to this day don't quite understand or appreciate, as he did with Congressman Charles Wilson who helped fund an Afghan resistance to Soviet invasion in the 80s, and with Mark Zuckerburg who, some might say ruthlessly, cut a path to owning one of the world's most valuable companies.
Even in his fictional works, Sorkin layers his players with equal amounts of positive and negative attributes. The West Wing's MS-suffering president Jed Bartlet, with an extraordinary mind and distaste for military action, was wholly believable as a troubled yet brilliant commander in chief.
Jobs could be unreasonable and unforgiving but was also an inspirational leader with more levels than simply those of the cult guru many saw him as. He also changed the world for the better in more ways than the general public might realise.
Aaron Sorkin will not only educate the world on Jobs but also, I hope, not shy away from the darker and often manic sides of the man when building a complete picture of his exceptional life. As with 2010's The Social Network, Sorkin isn't one to gloss over a person's flaws in his writing even when, to coin a phrase from his breakthrough A Few Good Men screenplay, some "can't handle the truth".
Unlike Zuckerberg, Jobs will not be able to direct acerbic sentiment toward the film of his life when it is released, but there will be plenty of informed onlookers ready to do just that and even more neutral bystanders who stand to learn a great deal about the genius of Jobs, despite his failings.