David Fincher, director of 'The Social Network,' reportedly in talks to helm Steve Jobs biopic

The duo behind "The Social Network" may soon team up again for a long-simmering biopic about Apple founder Steve Jobs, according to a new report.

Variety reports that David Fincher, the director of "The Social Network," is in talks to direct the Steve Jobs film based on a script by Aaron Sorkin, who also authored the Facebook-focused film. The movie, which is based on Walter Isaacson's biography "Steve Jobs," is set up at Sony, the same studio that the duo worked with for their previous film.

In a 2012 interview with The Daily Beast, Sorkin said the film will follow three backstage scenes that will take place in real time – backstage before the launches of the original Mac, the NeXT computer and the iPod. It's possible the script could have changed since the interview was conducted, however, as it was just finished last year.

Isaacson's biography was based on dozens of interviews with Jobs himself, many of which saw Apple's former CEO take shots at competitors, including Microsoft co-founder Bill Gates. Many of Jobs' friends, colleagues and family also conducted interviews for the book.

The Sony film will follow "Jobs," a biopic about the Apple founder that starred Ashton Kutcher in the title role. That film received a relatively negative response, garnering just $35 million at the worldwide box office alongside a poor 27 percent aggregate rating on Rotten Tomatoes. The commercial response was likely enough to recoup the movie's $12 budget and undisclosed marketing costs, though it bombed domestically with a poor debut, earning just $6.7 million in its opening weekend.

Source: Variety | Image via Apple

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FloatingFatMan said,
Didn't they just release one of these?
Yes, but it was rushed in areas (pretty much from the launch of the original Mac onwards). Focusing on product launches will mean a completely different movie. Unfortunately, I have a feeling a lot (ie. the NeXT years) will be skipped again.

David Fincher is one of my favorite directors, but come on... we already have a great Jobs biopic with Ashton Kutcher.

Lamp0 said,
David Fincher is one of my favorite directors, but come on... we already have a great Jobs biopic with Ashton Kutcher.

Any movie with Ashton (No Talent, Couldn't Act His Way Out Of A Paper Bag-Douchebag) Kutcher is not a great movie. More like a TV movie of the week.

I welcome David Fincher doing a true Screen Adaption of Steve Jobs and that will be a great movie to see.

Why? I mean while I think he was a great leader, visionary and helped to bring computers to the masses. Is his life really that interesting that it's worthy of being a film? Or two films for that matter. It's just too geeky, cool that people want to do it, but really who cares? But then I'd have said the same about the FB film (not that I saw or cared about that, but I guess enough did that it made money).

UltraKill said,

Any movie with Ashton (No Talent, Couldn't Act His Way Out Of A Paper Bag-Douchebag) Kutcher is not a great movie. More like a TV movie of the week.

I welcome David Fincher doing a true Screen Adaption of Steve Jobs and that will be a great movie to see.

Agreed. Its like saying we didn't need Peter Jackson to make Lord of the Rings because we already had the Ralph Bakshi version.

TheShark said,
Why? I mean while I think he was a great leader, visionary and helped to bring computers to the masses.
He brought computers to the masses? Really? I can't say that Any Apple computer has ever been used 'by the masses' it's not even in the top3 I think (and if it is it's in third behind Windows PC and Commodore 64)

UltraKill said,

Any movie with Ashton (No Talent, Couldn't Act His Way Out Of A Paper Bag-Douchebag) Kutcher is not a great movie. More like a TV movie of the week.

I welcome David Fincher doing a true Screen Adaption of Steve Jobs and that will be a great movie to see.

Amen to that part about Ashton Kutcher! Can't stand that douchebag!!

paulheu said,
He brought computers to the masses? Really? I can't say that Any Apple computer has ever been used 'by the masses' it's not even in the top3 I think (and if it is it's in third behind Windows PC and Commodore 64)

It's called an iPad. Like them or not they are the future of computing and what the masses have adopted. Windows PC may be able to do a million more things, but for your average Joe in the street, 4 year old Penny and 84 year old Jenny an iPad is the ideal computing device and often their first taste of computing.

VHMP01 said,
Visionary that copied others ideas you mean?

Visions don't have to be unique or even any different to someone else's.

I didn't particularly like the guy, have no interest in seeing a film about his life and have no Apple products because on the whole I prefer Windows, but that doesn't stop me being able to see he was visionary and made things happen better than many others in his time.

He went after the money in people's wallets, so are they. Although I do expect Fincher to do a much better job than that earlier hack job.

paulheu said,
Great, another biopic on a person who in the long run will be no more than a blip on the tech radar.

Between iPod, iTunes, iPhone and the iPad I think his legacy will hold up for decades to come. Maybe on the tech radar there are bigger legends but marketing and business teachers will also remember him.

I imagine David Fincher won't make a glorified bio-pic. He'll probably portray Jobs as a ruthless businessman who was nice to his family.

paulheu said,
Great, another biopic on a person who in the long run will be no more than a blip on the tech radar.

Heh. One hundred years from now, people will still talk about Steve Jobs a hell of a lot more than they will you and I. Two people who will probably come up in zero conversations.

steve jobs has done nothing that special to be remembered for a very long time.

even he used to discard his last year products with "new innovative" products. industry now has the habit of new products each year. hence by his own definition he is supposed to be already forgotten.

paulheu said,
Great, another biopic on a person who in the long run will be no more than a blip on the tech radar.
Your comment proves that you have little understanding about the tech radar. Watch some YouTube videos on NeXT - you'll then see just how much of a genius Steve was. NeXT machines were so advanced for their time - it makes Windows 95 look like nothing much.

Just because you don't like him doesn't mean he doesn't matter.

But yes, we just had a (terrible) biopic about him. Can't we settle on just Pirates of Silicon Valley? Noah Wyle made the best Steve Jobs.

paulheu said,
Great, another biopic on a person who in the long run will be no more than a blip on the tech radar.

typical neowin poster who is either trolling, or knows nothinig about the tech industry.

Do your homework boy, learn about the apple 1 and 2, then read up about the next OS. I'd hardly think he will become a tech blip in years to come. Maybe not the most technically gifted person, but he sure knew how to run a business.