Danny Boyle in Talks to Direct Steve Jobs Biopic; Leonardo DiCaprio Eyed to Star
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.
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.