A few years ago, the cinematic world was set to get a pair of dueling Steve Jobs biopics, one starring Ashton Kutcher and one that actually sounded good. (Sorry, Ashston, I’ve seen Jobs twice now, and it’s not good). While the Kutcher-starring Jobs was a bit of a straightforward film, the other one — an Aaron Sorkin-penned feature adapted from Walter Isaacson’s definitive biography of the Apple founder — looked to be much more bold.
The still-untitled feature will reportedly focus on three small sections of Jobs’ life and work — quite literally, as the film will be made up of three sections that play out in real time, thirty minutes each, that center on what happened just before the launch of three major Apple products. But the ambitious film has had a heck of time getting to the big screen, one made even worse by the recent news that attached director David Fincher had dropped out over both salary demands and a request that Christian Bale would play Jobs.
THR now reports that in the wake of Fincher’s departure (Bale, though talked about for the role, was never signed for it), filmmaker Danny Boyle could take over the director’s chair, and he could be joined by his The Beach star Leonardo DiCaprio as Jobs.
The outlet shares that both men have been approached for the gigs, though neither is officially signed on. The pair have a solid working relationship, and goodness knows that DiCaprio loves his biopics, but the news that we’re not getting a Social Network reunion colors this in some sad shades. Fincher, come back!
The Sorkin-penned film is officially described as such:
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.
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.
Despite the disappointment of Fincher dropping out of the film, the potential for Boyle and DiCaprio to join the project could add some necessary heat to it. Maybe we’ll finally get a good big screen version of Jobs’ life!
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