Steve Jobs was certainly an out of the box thinker. Mice? Who needs those? What the hell would people do with a touchscreen on a phone? Blah!
But this may be one of his more exotic ideas: he had called and asked Aaron Sorkin to write a Pixar film. Sorkin wrote about his friendship with Jobs, which started when he professed his love for Pixar movies, in Newsweek. Here’s the exchange:
But it’s his last call I’ll always remember. He wanted me to write a Pixar movie. I told him I loved Pixar movies, I’d seen all of them at least twice and felt they were small miracles, but that I didn’t think I’d be good at it.
STEVE: Why not?
ME: I just—I don’t think I can make inanimate objects talk.
STEVE: Once you make them talk they won’t be inanimate.
ME: The truth is I don’t know how to tell those stories. 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.
STEVE: Jeez … write about THAT.
STEVE: Why don’t you come up here and let me give you a tour of the place.
I told him I’d take him up on it and I never did. But I still keep thinking about that Pixar movie.
Pretty amazing, right? As we learned yesterday with Noah Wyle’s recollection of Jobs: he was never afraid to take the bull by the horns and say what he thought. This connection will probably never happen, but it would be pretty amazing if he did. After all, if the writers of two Garfield films can make a fantastic movie with Pixar (Toy Story), then why can’t Sorkin? [The Daily Beast via Slashfilm]