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David Fincher in talks to direct Aaron Sorkin-penned Steve Jobs biopic

02.26.2014

Having just wrapped the adaptation of Gillian Flynn's GONE GIRL, director David Fincher is now weighing his next directorial effort, an adaptation of Walter Isaacson's biography of Steve Jobs, which would be another team-up with his THE SOCIAL NETWORK team of screenwriter Aaron Sorkin and producer Scott Rudin, along with Steve Wozniak, co-founder of Apple, who is serving as a consultant on the film. Last year saw the release of another Steve Jobs biopic, JOBS, which starred Ashton Kutcher as the visionary figure, but Fincher's project is certain to attract a bigger pool of A-list talent and certainly gain more noteriety simply with those already involved.

Here's the book synopsis (from Amazon):

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.

I thought THE SOCIAL NETWORK was great and Fincher is a talent that is a no-brainer draw; I'll see anything he does (including his small screen work on shows like Netflix's House of Cards). Sorkin has a knack for these type of stories as well (see: MONEYBALL, CHARLIE WILSON'S WAR, THE SOCIAL NETWORK) and I'm eager to see how he adapts the life of Jobs, based on Isaacson's book. It's essentially the A-list version of the Kutcher film (which really wasn't that bad) and is likely to gain the same kind of steam that THE SOCIAL NETWORK did back in 2010.

Fincher's GONE GIRL is set for release on October 3, 2014.

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1:16AM on 02/27/2014

This isn't a biopic people

Read up on it before passing judgement. This movie consists of two scenes, both right before a major keynote speech in Steve Jobs' life.

Also Jobs had asked Sorkin to personally write a screenplay, so this is very important to Sorkin. It should be great. And judging from his previous collaboration with Fincher, this should be awesome.
Read up on it before passing judgement. This movie consists of two scenes, both right before a major keynote speech in Steve Jobs' life.

Also Jobs had asked Sorkin to personally write a screenplay, so this is very important to Sorkin. It should be great. And judging from his previous collaboration with Fincher, this should be awesome.
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10:48PM on 02/26/2014
Do we really need another Steve Jobs biopic?
Do we really need another Steve Jobs biopic?
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8:08PM on 02/26/2014
It's an obvious choice, but interesting nonetheless. Also when I see that picture of Jobs, I immediately think Tom Cruise as the other obvious choice of A list actor to play him.
It's an obvious choice, but interesting nonetheless. Also when I see that picture of Jobs, I immediately think Tom Cruise as the other obvious choice of A list actor to play him.
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7:48PM on 02/26/2014
The Social Network is one of my all-time favourites.
The Social Network is one of my all-time favourites.
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8:54PM on 02/26/2014
It's honestly the only good thing that's ever resulted from facebook.
It's honestly the only good thing that's ever resulted from facebook.
3:11PM on 02/26/2014
Would like to see Fincher do something else, if he makes this of course I will see it but it would be nice to see him do something more original.
Would like to see Fincher do something else, if he makes this of course I will see it but it would be nice to see him do something more original.
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2:32PM on 02/26/2014

Incredible book

I loved the book. It was written mostly based on other peoples interpretations to avoid Jobs' reality distortion field. I read it with a Fincher-directed mindset. Plus, Jobs is much more interesting than Zuckerberg.
I loved the book. It was written mostly based on other peoples interpretations to avoid Jobs' reality distortion field. I read it with a Fincher-directed mindset. Plus, Jobs is much more interesting than Zuckerberg.
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2:16PM on 02/26/2014

Yes, please.

A movie to make "Jobs" irrelevant is intriguing on its own, but another Fincher/Sorkin collaboration (with another Oscar-worthy score by Trent Reznor & Atticus Ross, of course) is exciting as hell.
A movie to make "Jobs" irrelevant is intriguing on its own, but another Fincher/Sorkin collaboration (with another Oscar-worthy score by Trent Reznor & Atticus Ross, of course) is exciting as hell.
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2:14PM on 02/26/2014
This sounds like a great team and a good idea. Sorkin and Fincher would have fun with this one. I can just skip watching Jobs and wait for this to come out hopefully. C"mon! Jesse Eisenberg as Steve Jobs! He can play anyone!
This sounds like a great team and a good idea. Sorkin and Fincher would have fun with this one. I can just skip watching Jobs and wait for this to come out hopefully. C"mon! Jesse Eisenberg as Steve Jobs! He can play anyone!
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12:58PM on 02/26/2014
It would be great to see a Sorkin scripted Jobs biopic directed by David Fincher. I know The Social Network took some liberties with the facts of Facebook's story, but it made for a damn fine entertaining film. And Moneyball was an unreal movie scripted by Sorkin, so I have the utmost faith in this project if this is the creative team heading it up. I'm just curious to see who they would choose to play Steve Jobs - going purely on the ability to grow an awesome beard, I would say Ben Affleck.
It would be great to see a Sorkin scripted Jobs biopic directed by David Fincher. I know The Social Network took some liberties with the facts of Facebook's story, but it made for a damn fine entertaining film. And Moneyball was an unreal movie scripted by Sorkin, so I have the utmost faith in this project if this is the creative team heading it up. I'm just curious to see who they would choose to play Steve Jobs - going purely on the ability to grow an awesome beard, I would say Ben Affleck.
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12:53PM on 02/26/2014
This will be better than Jobs.Ashton Kutcher sucked.
This will be better than Jobs.Ashton Kutcher sucked.
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2:12PM on 02/26/2014
I thought Ashton Kutcher did really well in Jobs. It was a boring made-for-TV mess of a movie, but Ashton Kutcher was not among those problems. He was great with the material he was given.
I thought Ashton Kutcher did really well in Jobs. It was a boring made-for-TV mess of a movie, but Ashton Kutcher was not among those problems. He was great with the material he was given.
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12:47PM on 02/26/2014
Enough biopics! You can only say so much about a drug-abusing, dead-beat dad who did one thing right in his career.
Enough biopics! You can only say so much about a drug-abusing, dead-beat dad who did one thing right in his career.
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8:57PM on 02/26/2014
Thought you were talking about Rush Limbaugh for a second there until you said the word 'dad', then I knew it couldn't be since that man's dick don't work.
Thought you were talking about Rush Limbaugh for a second there until you said the word 'dad', then I knew it couldn't be since that man's dick don't work.
12:45PM on 02/26/2014

Yes.

I sure hope all the stars align on this one. The Social Network was amazing so I would hope having Sorkin and Fincher reteam for a similar type of film would breed similarly fantastic results.

I'm all for this.
I sure hope all the stars align on this one. The Social Network was amazing so I would hope having Sorkin and Fincher reteam for a similar type of film would breed similarly fantastic results.

I'm all for this.
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12:22PM on 02/26/2014

I'll see anything by Fincher

Fincher has the ability to take a concept that may seem mundane or completely boring to a lot of people, but he can make it something emotional and cold at the same time. I thought I would hate The Social Network and here it is, one of my favorite movies of all-time. I would love if Fincher did a Steve Jobs biopic.
Fincher has the ability to take a concept that may seem mundane or completely boring to a lot of people, but he can make it something emotional and cold at the same time. I thought I would hate The Social Network and here it is, one of my favorite movies of all-time. I would love if Fincher did a Steve Jobs biopic.
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12:05PM on 02/26/2014

Be Original, Hollywood !

Why not get Joss Whedon to direct Justice League, while you're at it ?!

When I read the headline, the first thing that came to my mind was J.J. Abrams being hired for Star Wars because he did good work on Star Trek. I'm like : you're playing it safe. So yeah, chances are this film wouldn't suck. But even if it's as good as the Social Network, it might feel like a bit of a riff at best, a rehash at worst (especially if Trent Reznor is at it again).

But then again, this could be an
Why not get Joss Whedon to direct Justice League, while you're at it ?!

When I read the headline, the first thing that came to my mind was J.J. Abrams being hired for Star Wars because he did good work on Star Trek. I'm like : you're playing it safe. So yeah, chances are this film wouldn't suck. But even if it's as good as the Social Network, it might feel like a bit of a riff at best, a rehash at worst (especially if Trent Reznor is at it again).

But then again, this could be an extension of The Social Network's universe - a reflexion on genius and ambition and madness. Like Fincher delving deeper into the themes that he is passionate about. So as much as I'd like to see something super fresh, seeing as Aaron Sorkin is writing it anyway, I'd be onboard with it.
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12:05PM on 02/26/2014
There needs to be a moratorium on biopics on the same person
There needs to be a moratorium on biopics on the same person
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1:37PM on 02/26/2014
So if someone makes a shitty movie, no one else is allowed to tackle the same material ever again, just because the shitty one got made first? Ridiculous. If there's only allowed to be one Steve Jobs biopic in the world, I'd much rather pretend the Ashton Kutcher crapfest never existed and get Aaron Sorkin's/David Fincher's take instead, thank you very much.
So if someone makes a shitty movie, no one else is allowed to tackle the same material ever again, just because the shitty one got made first? Ridiculous. If there's only allowed to be one Steve Jobs biopic in the world, I'd much rather pretend the Ashton Kutcher crapfest never existed and get Aaron Sorkin's/David Fincher's take instead, thank you very much.
5:00PM on 03/11/2014
HAHAHA, this isn't like one cop movie is made so cop movies should never be made. This is like every reboot and remake and retelling of every single fucking story over and over. That once X-Men is over, there will be a brand new X-Men, and now that Batman is over there is already a new Batman. I don't care if Martin Scorsese was going to make a movie about Mother Theresa after Uwe Boll already tried, just move the fuck on. Everytime a gooddamn biopic comes there is always some director you'd
HAHAHA, this isn't like one cop movie is made so cop movies should never be made. This is like every reboot and remake and retelling of every single fucking story over and over. That once X-Men is over, there will be a brand new X-Men, and now that Batman is over there is already a new Batman. I don't care if Martin Scorsese was going to make a movie about Mother Theresa after Uwe Boll already tried, just move the fuck on. Everytime a gooddamn biopic comes there is always some director you'd rather see tackle it stand up and go "Aw, but I wanted to." Too bad!
12:03PM on 02/26/2014
social network is one of the greatest movies of this decade, deserved the oscar for director/picture

maybe this time he'll get it

people like fincher with murder/horror I prefer the tech / bio pics
social network is one of the greatest movies of this decade, deserved the oscar for director/picture

maybe this time he'll get it

people like fincher with murder/horror I prefer the tech / bio pics
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11:53AM on 02/26/2014
The Steve Jobs bio pic that we were waiting for.
The Steve Jobs bio pic that we were waiting for.
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11:52AM on 02/26/2014
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