Director David Fincher is in early talks to direct a new biopic on Apple founder Steve Jobs for Sony Pictures. The filmmaker will reunite with Aaron Sorkin, who wrote the Oscar-winning script for the director's 2010 Mark Zuckerberg biopic The Social Network.
Take a look at the official description for the Walter Isaacson's best-selling biography this project is based on.
"Based on more than forty interviews with Jobs conducted over two years-as well as interviews with more than a hundred family members, friends, adversaries, competitors, and colleagues-Walter Isaacson has written a riveting story of the roller-coaster life and searingly intense personality of a creative entrepreneur whose passion for perfection and ferocious drive revolutionized six industries: personal computers, animated movies, music, phones, tablet computing, and digital publishing.
At a time when America is seeking ways to sustain its innovative edge, and when societies around the world are trying to build digital-age economies, Jobs stands as the ultimate icon of inventiveness and applied imagination. He knew that the best way to create value in the twenty-first century was to connect creativity with technology. He built a company where leaps of the imagination were combined with remarkable feats of engineering.
Although Jobs cooperated with this book, he asked for no control over what was written nor even the right to read it before it was published. He put nothing off-limits. He encouraged the people he knew to speak honestly. And Jobs speaks candidly, sometimes brutally so, about the people he worked with and competed against. His friends, foes, and colleagues provide an unvarnished view of the passions, perfectionism, obsessions, artistry, devilry, and compulsion for control that shaped his approach to business and the innovative products that resulted.
Driven by demons, Jobs could drive those around him to fury and despair. But his personality and products were interrelated, just as Apple's hardware and software tended to be, as if part of an integrated system. His tale is instructive and cautionary, filled with lessons about innovation, character, leadership, and values."
Screenwriter Aaron Sorkin revealed in November 2012 that the movie will consist of three half-hour speeches, before the Apple innovator announced the Mac, NeXT, and the original iPod, with some of the dialogue taking place backstage before he unveils these revolutionary products. Of course, it's possible this structure may have been changed in the past few years.
Scott Rudin, Mark Gordon and Guymon Casady are producing the biopic, which doesn't have any cast members attached at this time. Apple co-founder Steve Wozniak is serving as a consultant on this project. You may recall that Steve Wozniak spoke out against the Open Road Films biopic Jobs, which starred Ashton Kutcher and Josh Gad, in January 2013. This biopic is considered a much bigger project than Jobs, which only grossed $35 million worldwide last year. It isn't known when production will begin.
David Fincher is currently in post-production on Gone Girl starring Ben Affleck and Rosamund Pike, which is set for release on October 3. He also executive produces House of Cards, which just launched its second season on Netflix earlier this month.
Steve Jobs is in development and stars Christian Bale. The film is directed by Danny Boyle.