Danny Boyle in Talks to Direct Steve Jobs Biopic; Leonardo DiCaprio Possibly Starring

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Danny Boyle Danny Boyle in Talks to Direct Steve Jobs Biopic; Leonardo DiCaprio Possibly Starring

American entrepreneur and inventor Steve Jobs passed away almost three years ago, but his legacy continues to live on in the technology he helped build and the minds he inspired. Starting off as a college dropout before founding the world’s second largest tech company, Apple, his life story is one that Sony Pictures is eager to see told following the studio’s success with The Social Network, which detailed Mark Zuckerberg’s creation of Facebook and won three Academy Awards.

Just a month ago, it seemed that The Social Network director David Fincher and screenwriter Aaron Sorkin would reteam for this new movie. Those negotiations fell through, however, when Fincher reportedly asked for $10 million up front and control over marketing, leaving the studio with little choice but to search for a new director.

Now it appears they may have already found another option. According to THR, Danny Boyle (Slumdog Millionaire) is currently in talks with Sony Pictures to direct the Steve Jobs biopic, and he’s approached his The Beach star Leonardo DiCaprio for the title role. (Fincher had originally wanted Christian Bale to star, but the actor never signed on.)

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While deals are not done yet, this would be the first time Boyle or DiCaprio have worked with Sorkin. However, it won’t be the first time Jobs has been seen onscreen. Noah Wyle portrayed the Apple co-founder in the 1999 TNT movie Pirates of Silicon Valley, and Ashton Kutcher played him just last year in the critically-panned Jobs.

Both of those films spanned Jobs’ life from the ’70s until (almost) present day, but Sorkin’s adaptation, based on the biography by Walter Isaacson, is said to differ by only focusing on three key moments in the inventor’s life: His launch of the original Macintosh computer, the NeXT computer, and finally the iPod.

Boyle is best known for creating films that play heavily on the mind, such as Trainspotting, The Beach and 127 Hours, but the most common theme running throughout his filmography are characters overcoming impossible odds. Even though Jobs ended up losing his life to cancer, his rise to popularity is still very much a success story, and one that Boyle should feel right at home telling.

What do you think, Screen Rant readers? Are Danny Boyle and Leonardo DiCaprio a good fit for bringing Steve Jobs to the big screen?


Check back for the latest on Sony’s Steve Jobs biopic as development continues.

Source: THR

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  1. Man, David Fincher and Leonardo Dicaprio need to make an Aaron Sorkin film. That would be awesome.

  2. That duo sounds great to me but man, the Christian Bale and David Fincher duo would’ve been incredible.

  3. How many movies are going to be made about Steve Jobs…this would be the third in 2 years…

    • what is the 2nd one? I’ve only seen Jobs which was decent just had real bad pacing issues.

  4. Steve jobs played by leonardo noOscaro ?

  5. One question, WHY???

  6. I watched one on Netflix staring Justin long as Steve jobs. But it was basically a comedy/satire of biopic movies. Kinda funny though. There’s a scene where he gets his black turtle neck, and it’s like Bruce putting on the bat suit for the first time.

  7. It sounds pretty interesting. Leonardo doesn’t look like Jobs but he is amazing actor and i don’t think that will be a problem.

  8. I thought Christian Bale was gonna play Steve Jobs . What happened ?

  9. More interested in Tom Hardy playing both Kray twins to be honest.

  10. I was very much enjoying the Ashton Kutcher film “Jobs” when suddenly the screen went black and credits started rolling.

    It felt weird. I think had they finished the film it would have been great.

  11. I presume it’s going to be a horror film showing just how scary evil capitalist figures can be, sweat shops for slave labour, suppressing wages in the US and his relentless attempt to destroy other companies and turn the worlds population in to hapless drones. I can’t see how he can be celebrated as an individual?

  12. Ashton Kutcher was amazing as Jobs, and I never knew Jobs was such a jerk. Seriously, he screwed over his friends multiple times and kicked out his pregnant girlfriend, saying it wasn’t his kid, then fights in court for full custody.

  13. A Steve Job biopic sounds about as exciting a movie chronicling the beginning of Domino’s pizza. Who cares.

  14. They already made this movie. Besides, who cares? He’s already dead, and we all know his story. Make another one 50 years from now.

  15. I was really hoping that something could be worked out with Fincher but even though I’m not his biggest fan I think Boyle may be able to bring something interesting to the movie.

    Leo as Jobs is a bigger question mark IMO.
    One of the best actors working today but I don’t know if he’s the best fit.

  16. I am pretty sure that Fincher simply asked for an amount the studio wasn’t willing to give so the negotiations would be buried, kind of like Charlie Sheen tried to do several times when he got tired of Two and a Half Men.

    Why would a serious film director (Benny Button not counted) want to do this movie? Seriously, it’s enough already with the biopics written exclusively for the Academy Awards.