Aaron Sorkin Says Steve Jobs Asked Him to Write a Pixar Movie

11:32 AM PST 10/11/2011 by THR staff

The Oscar-winning screenwriter says he and the late Apple co-founder were phone friends.

Oscar-winner Aaron Sorkin says he had a years-long phone friendship with Steve Jobs and that during their last conversation, Jobs asked him to write a movie for Pixar.

Writing in Newsweek, Sorkin remembers how the recently departed Apple co-founder would call him to compliment him on a good episode of one of his multiple TV series (Sorkin created The West Wing, Sports Night and Studio 60 on the Sunset Strip) and would also encourage him during the times his career took a downturn.

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But it was their final conversation that Sorkin says he remembers most. That was when Jobs asked him to write a Pixar movie and Sorkin said no. "The truth is I don't know how to tell those stories," the screenwriter says he told Jobs. "I have a young kid who loves Pixar movies and she'll turn cartwheels if I tell her I’m writing one and I don’t want to disappoint her by writing the only bad movie in the history of Pixar."

Jobs responded by inviting Sorkin up for a tour of the Pixar facility in the Bay Area.

The writer of The Social Network, A Few Good Men and The American President says he never did make the tour. But he says he's still thinking about that Pixar movie.

Jobs died on Oct. 5 from respiratory arrest caused by pancreatic cancer.

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