After the success of “The Social Network,” David Fincher’s drama about Mark Zuckerberg and the founding of Facebook, the director emerged as the front-runner to bring the story of another tech giant to the big screen: Apple founder Steve Jobs.
Now the Hollywood Reporter says Sony Pictures is looking to replace Fincher at the helm of its highly anticipated Jobs biopic, based on Walter Isaacson’s bestselling biography “Steve Jobs” with a script by “Social Network” scribe Aaron Sorkin. The decision was reportedly because of Fincher’s “aggressive demands for compensation and control.”
If that’s indeed the case, it underscores one of the similarities between Fincher and Jobs: Jobs was and Fincher remains an uncompromising perfectionist with an unwavering belief in his own vision.
Whether that would have made Fincher just the man for the job may never be known; then again, it may yet. Mashable is reporting that Fincher “was never technically on the movie, neither is he technically off it, either.” In other words, he “may still be in the mix for the job.”
In the meantime, we got to thinking what other directors would be good candidates to direct Sony’s Jobs movie. Perhaps Bennett Miller, who made baseball number-crunching dramatic in “Moneyball,” which Sorkin co-wrote.
Or maybe the brainy, versatile Steven Soderbergh, who himself nearly directed “Moneyball,” could pull it off (if he decides to come out of movie director retirement). What about Martin Scorsese, who memorably brought another real-life iconoclast to the screen in “The Wolf of Wall Street” last year?
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