Steve Jobs' life will be brought to the big screen by Oscar-winning screenwriter Aaron Sorkin in a movie based on Walter Isaacson's best-selling biography of the enigmatic co-founder of Apple.

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Sony Pictures Entertainment unveiled plans to put Sorkin, who wrote Facebook film The Social Network, behind the screenplay of what will be a major release for the movie studio.

"There is no writer working in Hollywood today who is more capable of capturing such an extraordinary life for the screen than Aaron Sorkin; in his hands, we're confident that the film will be everything that Jobs himself was: captivating, entertaining, and polarizing," Amy Pascal, co-chairman of Sony Pictures Entertainment, said in a statement.

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Sorkin will adapt Isaacson's best-selling biography that topped book charts and became the top-seller of 2011 following Jobs' death last October after a long battle with cancer.

 Sorkin won a best adapted screenplay Oscar for his work on The Social Network in 2011, and was nominated for a best writing Oscar in 2012 for Moneyball.

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He also wrote TV political drama The West Wing and is the creator of HBO's upcoming The Newsroom, a behind-the-scenes look at a fictional cable news channel.

Actor Ashton Kutcher is set to play Jobs in a separate project.