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The Apple Network: David Fincher May Direct Aaron Sorkin Penned Steve Jobs Biopic

by Kevin Jagernauth
February 26, 2014 11:02 AM
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"A movie about Facebook? Good luck"—that was the sentiment of many upon first hearing about "The Social Network," but they underestimated the talent involved. Featuring a crackling script by Aaron Sorkin and precise, energetic direction by David Fincher, the film was less about the actual website, and instead chronicled the genius, hubris, ambition, flaws and vision of one extraordinary person who changed the way we interact online. Now, it looks like Fincher is at it again, telling the tale of another tech titan.

THR reports that the director is in talks to helm Sony's untitled Steve Jobs biopic, based on the acclaimed biography by Walter Isaacson. Sorkin, who was hired to pen the script a couple years back, has turned in a draft, Jobs' former colleague Steve Wozniak is consulting on the film, and if it all comes together, you can bet everyone in Hollywood will be banging down the door for the lead role, while we try to forget "Jobs" ever happened (sorry Ashton Kutcher).

While some may see Fincher as perhaps repeating himself, Jobs' tale is a bit different than Zuckberg's. While both men have notoriously prickly personalities, Jobs was booted out of the company he founded, only to triumphantly return, turning around the fortunes of Apple, on the brink of going under, with a revolutionary line of products, starting with the first iPod. While other tech companies touted innovation (which Apple had in spades), Jobs made computing cool and accessible (the iPod wasn't the first mp3 player, but it was the first one everyone wanted to have). It's hard to imagine the modern digital era where we buy movies, music and everything else online without the groundwork Jobs laid down.

Indeed, Sorkin revealed in 2012 that his script wouldn't follow the traditional cradle-to-grave format, and instead utilize three "real time" 30-minute scenes to capture the Mac, NeXT, and iPod product launches, in 1984, 1997, and 2001 respectively. That would certainly help distinguish this effort from "The Social Network."

So, presuming Fincher signs on, what about "The Girl With The Dragon Tattoo" sequels and "House of Cards"? Well, you can probably keep dreaming about "The Girl Who Played With Fire" because that ship has sailed (major discord there which may prevent this one from happening too as it's Sony and Scott Rudin again). As for the Netflix-produced show? If it isn't already obvious by the new show "Utopia" he has set up over at the competing HBO, Fincher's moved on. He didn't direct any episodes in season two and won't be involved at all in season three either, beyond that same token exec produce title.

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  • That Kid | February 26, 2014 5:37 PMReply

    Christian Bale or (think about it) Spike Jonze

  • Damien | February 26, 2014 3:14 PMReply


  • Glass | February 26, 2014 2:10 PMReply

    I'll be more excited for this if I hear that they're truly taking a new approach to telling this story. The idea Sorkin explained for his screenplay structure is awesome. If they keep that, this could be great.

    TSN is one of my all-time favorites, but I'm not interested in the same thing again. I don't want Fincher to go the way of Tim Burton - making the typical Fincher movie every time (as so sagely put by Oli on Twitter).

  • Wesley | February 26, 2014 1:05 PMReply

    Fincher directing. Sorkin writing. Now all we need is Jesse Eisenberg to play Jobs and it's perfect.

  • bob | February 26, 2014 1:01 PMReply

    it's time for finch to call ed norton

  • Jeff | February 26, 2014 5:01 PM


  • BEF | February 26, 2014 2:31 PM


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  • Charles | February 26, 2014 12:45 PMReply

    Fincher is more involved in House of Cards than you think. His executive producer title on season 2 wasn't just a title. He is very particular and oversees everything, even down to the marketing.

  • Pierre | February 26, 2014 3:33 PM

    He has a new show?

  • Insides | February 26, 2014 1:30 PM

    Was is the operative word. They're correct. He's off to his new show and is dunzo.

  • CB | February 26, 2014 12:41 PMReply

    Christian Bale

  • PRESIDENT MAO | February 26, 2014 12:33 PMReply

    Christian Bale IS Steve Jobs! Mr. Fincher, call his agent right now!

  • That Kid | February 26, 2014 11:23 AMReply

    Yes, this made my day. Now tell me "Black Hole" is moving forward.

  • BEF | February 26, 2014 12:20 PM


  • T | February 26, 2014 11:13 AMReply

    Hmmm....Read the book...and if they manage to capture it in any way possible and come out better for it, regardless of the style would simply be monumental film making....

    ...So looking forward to another Fincher Masterpiece!

  • BEF | February 26, 2014 12:20 PM


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