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Ashton Kutcher's Steve Jobs biopic may have flopped, but that hasn't deterred others from attempting to make a definitive film based on the life of the former Apple CEO and co-founder. Judging from the names involved, it's possible this new effort could be Oscar material. We've already heard about acclaimed screenwriter Aaron Sorkin's involvement in the project, and now word has come in from The Hollywood Reporter that David Fincher of The Social Network fame is in talks to direct it.
Fincher may only be in talks, but his experience could bring the Jobs-style creative push the project needs. Fincher's The Social Network, which followed the early career of Facebook founder Mark Zuckerberg, won three Academy Awards and nabbed five nominations for others, including Best Director and Best Picture.
Steve Jobs' tale would serve as a worthy followup. In The Reporter's words, "Like Zuckerberg, Jobs was a complicated visionary who became a polarizing figure. Under Jobs' watch, Apple revolutionized several business, including personal computers, music, computer-generated animation and mobile phones. In the process, he became known as one of the greatest innovators of his generation."
The Social Network isn't the only noteworthy film in Fincher's belt; he's also the mind behind such films as Fight Club, Zodiac, Panic Room, and the American take on The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo. As a bonus, if Fincher does agree to direct the film, he'll join producer Scott Rudin, another Social Network alumnus.
All promising news, but the project is still very much in its drafting stage. No actors are known to be in talks for the film, and there's not hint of a release date. We do know, however, that Sorkin's script will feature the events surrounding the launch of three important products, and that Apple co-founder Steve Wozniak has agreed to serve as a consultant for the film.
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