David Fincher in Talks to Direct Aaron Sorkin's Steve Jobs Biopic
It looks like the creative team that brought us The Social Network will be teaming up again to make the Steve Jobs biopic currently in development at Sony Pictures. Aaron Sorkin is already attached to write the script for the film, and when that was announced I thought, "Wouldn't it be perfect if David Fincher came on to direct it as well?" Well, according to THR, Fincher is now in talks with the studio to bring the story of Jobs to life, and if anyone can deliver a perfect biopic about Jobs, it's these two.
The film is based on Walter Isaacson’s best-selling biography of the Apple co-founder. In a previous interview, Sorkin talked about his plan for the film, saying that it will consist entirely of three half-hour scenes. Each scene takes place in real-time, and they will depict the backstage events leading up to a major product launch. The product launches will be the original Mac, NeXT, and iPod, which are all perfect centerpieces. I'm not sure if that's still the plan, but I guess we'll see eventually.
I really hope that Fincher and Sony can work out a deal because this is my dream team of talent to bring this story to the big screen.
Here's a description of the book that the film will be 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.