Aaron Sorkin is one of the most in-demand screenwriters of our generation and his work is usually heaped with all sorts of acclaim and awards, so the idea of him working with Oscar behemoth Pixar is pretty damn special.
As Sorkin tells it, it was very nearly a thing a few years ago. The screenwriter, who's doing press for the upcoming Steve Jobs biopic, tells it that the man himself contacted directly about doing a script for the animation giant.
"What I said rather glibly to Steve when he asked me to write a Pixar movie was, 'I don't think I'm able to make an inanimate object talk'. He said, 'Once you make it talk, it's no longer inanimate, now is it Aaron?' "
Sorkin's pitch has it as a sort of Toy Story for writers, where a typewriter, a notepad and so on would come to life and help a struggling screenwriter make the best screenplay possible.
Here's his rant, in full. ""It all stems from this old joke about a screenwriter who is experiencing terrible writers' block, and it's been going on for a year and he hasn't been able to write anything."
"One day he comes down to his kitchen and right there on the table is a screenplay, and it's got his name on it. He reads the screenplay, and it's fantastic, and he takes it to the studio, and they really like it, and straight away say, we're going to make this movie! Here's your cheque!"
"The next morning, the writer goes down to his kitchen and there's another screenplay with his name on it. He reads it and it's also fantastic, so he takes it to the studio, and the same thing happens. So finally, the next night, the writer decides to tip toe downstairs in the middle of the night to see what is going on. Sure enough, there's a little leprechaun in his house, typing away, and the writer says, 'I don't know how to thank you! You've saved my life! You've revived my career! I'm celebrated! I can pay my mortgage! I'm so happy - is there anything I can do to repay you?'"
"And the leprechaun says, well, it would be great if you could share screenwriting credit with me... So the writer says go f**k yourself. So my Pixar idea is that instead of it being a leprechaun, it's all the objects in his office. What if all the objects in his office are trying to help him out?"
We're getting shades of Ratatouille, Toy Story and Robert Altman's The Player in this and it's kind of amazing. However, as Sorkin tells it, he didn't have a second and third act for it. In a way, it would be amazing to see Sorkin attempt a comedy and an animated film, but the story has been covered before. That said, if he were to go at it from another angle or have a different story altogether, that'd be pretty sweet.
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