David Fincher in Talks to Direct Steve Jobs Biopic Written by Aaron Sorkin

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The last time director David Fincher and screenwriter Aaron Sorkin teamed up to tell the story of a prickly tech pioneer the results were impressive to say the least.  Now The Social Network duo might be turning their attention from Mark Zuckerberg to Steve Jobs.  A couple years ago, Sorkin signed on to write a screenplay on Jobs’ official biography, Steve Jobs.  However, unlike the silly Jobs starring Ashton Kutcher, Sorkin had a unique take on the material by writing it in the form of three, 30-minute scenes.  It’s a bold, simple design that the late Apple founder probably could have appreciated.

And now Fincher might be coming on board to direct.  Hit the jump for more.

According to Variety, Fincher is in early talks to direct the movie.  Provided that Fincher approves of Sorkin’s take (the behind-the-scenes material on The Social Network Blu-ray shows that the two work well together), here’s what the screenwriter told The Daily Beast he has in store:

“I hope I don’t get killed by the studio for giving too much away,” Sorkin said, “but this entire movie is going to be three scenes, and three scenes only, that all take place in real time.”

Real time, Sorkin said, “is when a half hour for you in the audience is the same as a half hour for the character on the screen. There will be no time cuts. Each of these three scenes is going to take place before a product launch—backstage before a product launch. The first one being the Mac, the second one being NeXT (after he had left Apple), and the third one being the iPod.”

I’m not a huge Steve Jobs fan (I like Apple products; I don’t revere the guy who ran the company), but a re-teaming of Fincher and Sorkin is irresistible.

Fincher is currently doing post-production on Gone Girl, so if he does decide to take the gig, Variety says filming probably won’t begin until later this year, although I assume it would have to wait until 2015 since Gone Girl opens in October, and Fincher will be busy doing press.

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  • Armond White is my master now

    CHRISTIAN BALE FOR THE ROLE OF STEVE JOBS, PLEASE!

  • Armond White is my master now

    CHRISTIAN BALE FOR THE ROLE OF STEVE JOBS, PLEASE!

    • http://themoviedoc.tumblr.com/ themoviedoc

      He would be amazing,

      • alex99con

        Good Call. Bale has the intensity and the chops to pull this off.
        As Jobs was aggressively ambitious,individualistic and driven, Bale was frickin Batman, so it makes sense.

      • alex99con

        Good Call. Bale has the intensity and the chops to pull this off.
        As Jobs was aggressively ambitious,individualistic and driven, Bale was frickin Batman, so it makes sense.

    • http://themoviedoc.tumblr.com/ themoviedoc

      He would be amazing,

    • i AN LEGEND

      Or Daniel Day Lewis.

      We will accept no one else.

      • -

        Just because he’s a great actor doesn’t mean putting him in just about anything is great casting, lol

      • i AN LEGEND

        He resembles Jobs.

    • i AN LEGEND

      Or Daniel Day Lewis.

      We will accept no one else.

  • Tom

    Great news! I love so much “Social Network”. I’m glad that Fincher’s reteaming with Sorkin.

    Also – Trent Reznor and Atticus Ross – IT MUST HAPPEN!

    • i AN LEGEND

      HUGE yes to Trent + Atticus.

  • Davis

    Another goldberg zinger

  • Davis

    Another goldberg zinger

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  • ILikeIt

    THIS Jobs biopic, I would actually pay some attention to. Fincher is such a perfectionist, I dig that. And Sorkin has a very original idea for the screenplay. I haven’t seen the one wiht Ashton, but I’m positive Fincher and Sorkin can give the audience more of a definitive and accurate depiction of who Jobs was in just these three moments than the other one did with a linear narrative. No offense to the latter filmmakers, all offense to Ashton though. I don’t even know why I hate him, just do.

    • The Flobbit

      I detest Ashton with a vengeance, but surprisingly, his performance is commanding and actually the best thing about the movie. There’s this scene where he’s on Bill Gates’s voicemail and he’s rather excellent in it: “And I will make sure you never earn another dollar, that *I* don’t get 90 cents from!”

      • ILikeIt

        That’s a refreshing thought, that Ashton is actually compelling in a performance. I may have to give it a chance before I see Fincher’s version – if it happens. I didn’t hate seeing Kutcher in The Butterfly Effect. It’s possible that I won’t hate him in Jobs. Good stuff.

      • The Flobbit

        This is what I wrote in my review of Jobs:
        “Now, this is isn’t saying much, but this is Kutcher’s best performance by about 300%. He absolutely *nails* Steve Jobs’s mannerisms – his stooped walk, the way he held his hands in front of him, the way he pursed his lips, etc. He holds surprising gravitas and charisma, and holds up excellently in scenery-chewing moments.

        The scenes where he brutally rejects the woman he impregnated, and gives Bill Gates a piece of his mind (“And I will make sure you NEVER earn a dollar again, that I don’t get 90 cents from!”) show a different, extremely competent side
        of the actor. The material surrounding him might be rote and unfeeling, but Kutcher has steel in his gaze and power in his presence.”

      • ILikeIt

        That’s a refreshing thought, that Ashton is actually compelling in a performance. I may have to give it a chance before I see Fincher’s version – if it happens. I didn’t hate seeing Kutcher in The Butterfly Effect. It’s possible that I won’t hate him in Jobs. Good stuff.

      • VicManMan

        I agree, not a horrible movie. Pirates Of The Silicon Valley is still the best so far.

  • ILikeIt

    THIS Jobs biopic, I would actually pay some attention to. Fincher is such a perfectionist, I dig that. And Sorkin has a very original idea for the screenplay. I haven’t seen the one wiht Ashton, but I’m positive Fincher and Sorkin can give the audience more of a definitive and accurate depiction of who Jobs was in just these three moments than the other one did with a linear narrative. No offense to the latter filmmakers, all offense to Ashton though. I don’t even know why I hate him, just do.

  • The Flobbit

    Sounds interesting, and of course, since it’s Fincher + Sorkin, it’s a must watch. I actually didn’t mind the Jobs film with Kutcher. Kutcher gave an excellent performance, and the cast was great. The film was terribly paced is all, and I do mean terribly.

  • The Flobbit

    Sounds interesting, and of course, since it’s Fincher + Sorkin, it’s a must watch. I actually didn’t mind the Jobs film with Kutcher. Kutcher gave an excellent performance, and the cast was great. The film was terribly paced is all, and I do mean terribly.

  • Dan

    Stanley Tucci as Steve Jobs!

    • The Flobbit

      Heck yeah!

  • Dan

    Stanley Tucci as Steve Jobs!

  • Kevin

    Is David Fincher going to play Steve Jobs also?

  • Kevin

    Is David Fincher going to play Steve Jobs also?

  • eternalozzie

    do people even care about jobs anymore?

    • Person

      Kinda asking myself the same thing. I’m sure people care, but not nearly as much as they did three or four years ago. He was an important figure in the tech world, no question. And in all honesty, we could have asked “Does anyone care about Mark Zuckerberg” when they announced The Social Network.

    • http://www.collider.com/ DNAsplitter

      Absolutely. The man is a poster child for success/failure/success.

      • eternalozzie

        He was also a monstrous size d-bag bordering on a-hole to those who worked under him. He did a lot to advance mobile electronics but was not a nice guy.

      • http://www.collider.com/ DNAsplitter

        Didn’t say he was a nice guy. Most people who reach the type of level of success that he achieved are not normally listed as “nice guys”. But his determination and dedication to his craft is something to be admired. To get fired from the company you start only to come back years later, after it fails, and bring it back as the leader in the industry shows the man had a vision. He also changed an entire industry and was shown that he can adapt to the changes in the tech world. So as much as there is to hate on him there is also a lot to admire/learn from him.

      • http://www.collider.com/ DNAsplitter

        Didn’t say he was a nice guy. Most people who reach the type of level of success that he achieved are not normally listed as “nice guys”. But his determination and dedication to his craft is something to be admired. To get fired from the company you start only to come back years later, after it fails, and bring it back as the leader in the industry shows the man had a vision. He also changed an entire industry and was shown that he can adapt to the changes in the tech world. So as much as there is to hate on him there is also a lot to admire/learn from him.

      • eternalozzie

        He was also a monstrous size d-bag bordering on a-hole to those who worked under him. He did a lot to advance mobile electronics but was not a nice guy.

  • eternalozzie

    do people even care about jobs anymore?

  • fws

    get Ashton Kutcher to play Jobs.. oh wait

  • pickaname

    I have thought about this before, and always dismissed as “no this is way too good to be true”… And now it’s happening!

  • derek

    I like the idea behind the 3 scenes. But i also am interested in seeing the progression of Jobs’ career. What makes him tick, Not product launches.

  • Strong Enough

    I really liked the Ashton jObs movie. you could see Ashton really cared about the character. i thought the movie had some heart

  • Ben Wigler

    Sharlto Copley if Christian Bale can’t do it :)

    • Redjester

      I would be down for Sharlto Copley if he didn’t struggle so much with accents. Not saying he’s horrible, but he definitely goes in and out of accents quite a lot in his non South African accented films.

    • Strong Enough

      Idris Elba

  • Redjester

    Cool. I second Christian Bale.

  • Jack le Critic

    Do we need another?

    • Captain Fucking Obvious

      Do we really “need” any movie?

      • Jack le Critic

        This is an interesting question. Look at most of the movies released today. Do we really need them? Do they really affect our lives so much that we can’t do without them? Erm…no?

  • Brook

    List of actors I could see as Steve Jobs…..

    Christian Bale
    James McAvoy
    Jake Gyllenhaal
    Joseph Fiennes
    Zachary Quinto
    Edward Norton
    Sam Rockwell
    Ben Foster
    Jared Leto
    Lee Pace
    Zachary Levi

    • Person

      Mark Strong. I have spoken.

    • Jack le Critic

      Breaking Bad guy, in Godzilla, what’s his name again? HIM!

    • Jack le Critic

      Breaking Bad guy, in Godzilla, what’s his name again? HIM!

  • tRYSIS3

    I haven’t seen the first movie and i never will, so yes we do need a new one.

  • Bronson

    Nooooo. I want The Girl Who Played With Fire.. Don’t leave us hanging David.

    • Nemesis11

      Right on. Sometimes I think that we need to find technology to clone David Fincher. There are so many movies that I want him to make. 20000 leagues under sea, Rendezous with Rama, Girl who played with fire….

  • IMPYEMU

    Not gonna lie, I don’t really care about Steve Jobs. Then again I didn’t really care about Mark Zuckerberg but The Social Network wound up being one of my favorite films ever.

    But I’d rather another director go for it. I’d rather see Fincher finally make that Leagues adaption he hyped us all up about for years, or finish the remaining Millenium Trilogy adatations. Or anything that isn’t a murder-mystery/tech billionaire biopic film.

    Plus he’s developing the American remake of Utopia for HBO for next year, so even if he decides to do this it probably won’t be after that unless he cancels his plans to do that.

  • Bob

    Huh, the hype for this one is gonna be strong.

  • Bob

    Huh, the hype for this one is gonna be strong.

  • Pet Mannequin

    I think it’s a great idea for Sorkin to keep writing about old news (Newsroom is soooo enthralling!), and they really should think about giving the Jobs role to Ashton Kutcher…he may just surprise us all!!!

  • ʝoe ßloggs

    It’s a good thing that Kutcher’s Jobs movie sucked else this would be an unnecessary reboot.

    Wait. What?

  • ʝoe ßloggs

    It’s a good thing that Kutcher’s Jobs movie sucked else this would be an unnecessary reboot.

    Wait. What?

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