The first time David Fincher and Aaron Sorkin teamed up to make a movie about a tech genius with an abrasive personality, things worked out pretty well for them: The Social Network became a massive success at the box office and was hailed by critics as one of the best movies of the decade. So it’s easy to understand why Fincher and Sorkin appear to be eager to make a second movie about a tech genius with an abrasive personality.
According to the Hollywood Reporter, Fincher is in early talks with Sony to direct Sorkin’s adaptation of Walter Isaacson’s best-selling biography about Steve Jobs.
Jobs’ life story was previously brought to the big screen in last year’s jOBS. But despite Ashton Kutcher’s uncanny physical resemblance to the real-life Apple founder, the film received mediocre reviews and opened to poor box office, leaving the door open for a more definitive big screen version. Given the reputations of Sorkin and Fincher, a second collaboration between the two will most certainly fit that bill.
Whereas the 2013 film was a straightforward biopic, Sorkin’s screenplay promises to be anything but. In an interview with the Daily Beast, Sorkin revealed that his adaptation will consist only of three scenes, each of which will run 30 minutes long and take place before one of Apple’s product launches.
An instant best-seller when it hit bookshelves in 2011, Isaacson’s biography was based on 40 interviews that the author had conducted with Jobs as well as more than 100 interviews that he had conducted with Jobs’ friends, family and associates.