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.)
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?
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