Is it time to suggest Aaron Sorkin is no longer the relevant screenwriter he was during The West Wing years? No, No, It probably isn't. In recent years, Sorkin has offered up some of the finest scripts in Hollywood - Charlie Wilson's War, The Social Network, Moneyball - as well as working on HBO's The Newsroom.
Aaron Sorkin wanted Tom Cruise to play Steve Jobs
But still, the latest leak of the Sony emails suggests Sorkin's propensity for the glittering A-list casts instead of looking at the bigger picture. The 53-year-old has written the script for the forthcoming Steve Jobs biopic - a movie that plays out in just three long scenes each documenting one of the Apple creator's famous product launches - and recently announced landing the "best actor", Christian Bale for the job.
The problem is, Bale wasn't the "best actor" for the job - not in Sorkin's mind anyway. Previously he had wanted Tom Cruise (really?) to play Jobs, and after that, Leonardo DiCaprio.
"I've gotten Scott [Rudin] and Danny [Boyle] to the point where they're now a little interested in Tom Cruise," Sorkin said in an email to Sony co-chairman Amy Pascal. "Though both remain concerned about his age (me less so) everyone agrees that he's an actor who can really handle language (Lions for Lambs, Magnolia, A Few Good Men) and a movie star who feels comfortable owning the stage."
However, when Boyle made it clear that he wanted Michael Fassbender for the role, Sorkin exploded.
"This used to be an event. I don't know who Michael Fassbender is and the rest of the world isn't going to care. This is insane."
After later accepting that Fassbender's time had come, Sorkin told Pascal, ". if the movie's good, he'll be on the cover of everything and get nominated for everything."
The Jobs movie later moved from Sony to Universal Pictures, with Michael Fassbender in the lead role.