David Fincher in Talks to Direct Steve Jobs Biopic

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David Fincher on the set of The Social Network David Fincher in Talks to Direct Steve Jobs Biopic

There’s something about rags-to-riches stories that has timeless appeal no matter how many different ways they’re told, probably because there are a lot of people sitting around in rags (figuratively speaking) and dreaming of getting rich. The Social Network, the story of Mark Zuckerberg and the creation of Facebook, was a major success for screenwriter Aaron Sorkin and director David Fincher, winning three Academy Awards and nominated in a further five categories after its release in 2010.

Now it seems that The Social Network‘s writer and director – along with producer Scott Rudin – might reteam again for another tech success story. Following on from the release of Joshua Michael Stern’s Steve Jobs biopic Jobs last year, Sony Pictures is producing a new biopic based on the authorized biography “Steve Jobs“, by Walter Isaacson.

Variety reports that Fincher is currently in early talks to direct the biopic, which is as-yet untitled, as he finishes up post-production on his thriller Gone Girl. With Sorkin and Rudin already involved it makes sense that Fincher would be a top pick to try and recreate The Social Network‘s appeal and hopefully outdo Jobs‘ relatively meager box office performance.

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Structurally, the film will be comprised of “three scenes, and three scenes only,” according to an interview with Sorkin published by The Daily Beast. Each scene will take place backstage just prior to the launch of one of Steve Jobs’ landmark products – first the original Macintosh computer, then the NeXT, then the iPod. There will be no time cuts, so that half an hour for the on-screen Jobs is also half an hour for the audience.

Stern’s film had a more traditional structure that followed the tech innovator from his early days as a college drop-out right through to his later successes. Sorkin has said that, “it’s very difficult to shake the cradle-to-grave structure of a biography,” which is why he opted to write a script with just three scenes instead.

The approach should be enough to radically differentiate Sony’s film from last year’s biopic, and if Fincher is secured as a director then this could definitely work as a fresh look back at Jobs’ career.


We’ll keep you updated on Sony’s Steve Jobs biopic as development continues.

Source: Variety

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  1. Meh… will David Fincher ever do another movie that will actually interest me? That’s four movies now that I don’t care for one bit (Benjamin Button, Social Network, Dragon Tattoo and this).

    • And who are you again?

      • Someone who actually commented on the story and doesn’t just troll other users. Or in other words: who are you again to ask me who I am?

    • Those are all good actually excellent movies… Would you care to share with us a list of movies you DO care for one bit?

      • Never seen Benjamin Button or The Social Network (nor do I want to, never appealed to me) and Dragon Tattoo was just an English language shot-for-shot remake of the Swedish TV drama that was great due to Daniel Craig but Rooney Mara didn’t quite live up to the greatness that Noomi Rapace brought to the character.

        Not interested in this either.

        Just find it pathetic that trolls question a member here because he didn’t like something they clearly did. If everyone liked and disliked the same things, wouldn’t life be boring? You’d think so but nope, the trolls assume otherwise.

      • Well, all the other Fincher movies before that for starters. Fincher is one of my favorite directors. Along with Spielberg (older works), Ridley Scott and James Cameron I would put him on my “Director’s Mount Rushmore” as discussed on one of the Screenrant podcasts.

        But even though I love his previous works I can’t bring myself to watch said movies, because the subject matter doesn’t appeal to me at all, even if they are expertly done (which they no doubt are). Benjamin Button looks way too weird for my taste, I absolutely won’t watch a movie about Facebook, and there is no point in watching a close remake of a movie that I already know. A Steve Jobs biopic is of no interest to me whatsoever either. I don’t care about the company and I don’t care about the man. That’s just how it is.

        Because I love Fincher’s directorial style so much I’m really disappointed in his choice of projects.

        • No Scorcese??

          • He was close to making it in, but ultimately there are only four spots on Mount Rushmore and the other guys had the edge over Scorsese, as far as my personal taste is concerned. He would have had a better chance had he made Science-Fiction, but he simply couldn’t compete with flicks like Jaws, Close Encounters, E.T.,Raiders of the Lost Ark, Alien, Blade Runner Aliens, Terminator 2, The Abyss etc. I love these movies to death.

            • While your certainly entitled to your opinion it’s funny that you recognise the professional approach Fincher takes to his films while at the same time not bother to check them out. Personally I wish he would do another sci-fi film but everything the guy touches is gold in my opinion.

              While the Social Network revolves around the creation of facebook it is quite the worthwhile watch.

        • @ TheLostWinchester

          I remember when talk first started about The Social Network my first thoughts were no thanks. A movie about Facebook was not appealing to me in any way.
          Then I heard the script would be written by Aaron Sorkin and directed by David Fincher and the movie/tv nerd inside me couldn’t pass it up and I’m glad I gave it a chance because it ended up being my favorite movie of that year.

          I should make note that Fincher is also on my Mount Rushmore so I am a bit bias but I’m not one of those fans who blindly accept that just because one of my favorites directed a movie it must be great.
          At some point if a director makes enough movies there will be some stinkers and that’s just the way it goes but I really would recommend checking out The Social Network and The Girl With the Dragon Tattoo (not a shot for shot remake and actually better than the original series IMO). Benjamin Button I liked but can understand having apprehension about it. It’s pretty weird.

          • Thank you. Perhaps I will check them out at some point after all, although I do remain sceptical.

    • You cared enough to post your hatred about his movies and named the four altogether, I can see how much you care. Carry on, if you continue like this, you will catch his attention soon and he might make a movie just for you !

      • Indifference has nothing to do with hate. Don’t twist my words. Also, stow the ad hominem attitude. This is about movies and not about me.

    • The Social Network is an INCREDIBLE film.

      • Really?!

        I thought is was good,but it isn’t even one of his best movies.

        Fight Club is by far is best film(and my all time favorite movie without hesitation),and I just wish he would go back to doing more creative movies like that,instead of remakes and biopics.

  2. I get that the films Jobs was a horrible movie, but are they really rushing to do another biopic on him? With Aaron Sorkin no less?

    • You pretty much summed up how I feel about this.

      Especially with David Fincher attached, IMO a guy with his talents should be focusing his efforts on better projects.

    • @ art,
      Ashton Kutcher’s acting in that movie didn’t sucked.
      It was the director and the screenwriters that did sucked.

  3. Loved pretty much everything I’ve seen from Fincher. The Social Network, Seven, The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo, Zodiac and Fight Club. There is no doubt I will check this out if he ends up doing it!

  4. I wonder how the people behind ‘Jobs’ are feeling about this news, especially Ashton Kutcher.

  5. Haven’t already made this movie? Didn’t it bomb.. I’m sure Fincher can bring a lot to the table with any film but just how good can a biopic of Steve Jobs be?

  6. Another one!?