Sony Pictures is wasting no time in finding a new director for its high-profile Steve Jobs biopic. The film initially looked to be a Social Network reunion, as David Fincher circled the Aaron Sorkin-penned project for a bit before falling off when Sony balked at his stipulations for directing. Now, a mere week later, Danny Boyle has entered the conversation, and the Slumdog Millionaire filmmaker is eyeing the project as a potential The Beach reunion with Leonardo DiCaprio as his top choice to take on the leading role. More after the jump.
Per THR, Danny Boyle is now in talks to direct Sony’s Steve Jobs biopic, and he is said to have already approached Leonardo DiCaprio about taking on the starring role. The film is an incredibly enticing project performance-wise, as Sorkin’s script consists solely of three extended scenes set before the launch of three major Apple products. Fincher had wanted Christian Bale to play Jobs in his iteration of the pic, but it could now provide some fascinating material for Mr. DiCaprio, not to mention an opportunity to see the incredibly talented actor take on Sorkin dialogue for the first time.
Deals are not done so nothing is finalized, but the prospect of Boyle and DiCaprio reuniting on an Aaron Sorkin script is highly exciting, even if DiCaprio seems a bit of an odd fit for the role of Steve Jobs. There’s no guarantee that he’ll accept the role, and DiCaprio recently committed to starring in The Revenant for director Alejandro González Iñárritu with filming to begin in September, so scheduling could prove to be an issue as well. Of course, if the Steve Jobs film only consists of three scenes it could feasibly be shot rather quickly, but DiCaprio would likely want a considerable amount of preparation time for both projects, which could make this a tight squeeze.
Boyle most recently directed the 2013 thriller Trance after overseeing the 2012 London Olympics opening ceremonies, and he, of course, won the Best Director Oscar for 2008’s Slumdog Millionaire. He’s a highly skilled visual filmmaker, and assuming his deal closes for him to direct the Jobs biopic, I’m quite intrigued to see what he does with Sorkin’s script.