David Fincher in talks to direct Aaron Sorkin’s ‘Steve Jobs’ biopic

“After delivering the critical and box office smash ‘The Social Network,’ Sony has commissioned the Facebook drama’s creative team for another high-profile techie-themed biopic, this time about Apple founder and tech pioneer Steve Jobs,” Justin Kroll reports for Variety.Sources tell Variety that David Fincher is in early talks to direct the untitled drama, written by Oscar-winning screenwriter Aaron Sorkin and produced by Scott Rudin.”

“Sorkin has publicly said the Jobs biopic will be divided into three long scenes, each taking place backstage before one of Apple’s infamous product launches,” Kroll reports. “‘The first one being the Mac,’ he told the Daily Beast. ‘The second one being NeXT, after he had left Apple. And the third one being the iPod.'”

“Fincher, who last directed ‘The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo’ for Sony, is currently in post-production on Fox’s ‘Gone Girl,'” Kroll reports. “If a deal is completed, filming would most likely not begin to later this year.”

Read more in the full article here.

MacDailyNews Take: Some will say that the third act should be the iPhone, rather than the iPod, given its historical significance (taught the world what a touched-based UI is, how it should work, set the plate for iPad, etc.)

[Thanks to MacDailyNews Reader “Always Right” for the heads up.]

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  1. The only question is how much money they’ll offer Christian Bale to play Steve. $10 million? $20 million? If they don’t get Bale then this whole thing could fall apart. Bale is the key.

  2. Maybe this is a better place to make these comments.
    Since Steve Jobs in ” The lost interview” talked about how HE loved writing a program in BASIC, or FORTRAN….
    Since, HE loved using it, AND had FUN doing it, shouldn’t Apple have a product like PureBasic ?
    Anyone use PureBasic ?
    There was a company that did a BASIC to C converter called FutureBasic , but it only works on carbon.
    To me, that’s one of the coolest ideas out there.
    Write in BASIC, use a BASIC to C converter, and it works like…
    you wrote it in C, in the first place.
    If there isn’t an App like this, there are a LOT of people who WOULD WANT ONE.
    Hope this was the right place for these comments.

    1. FutureBasic was a version of BASIC. It didn’t convert BASIC to C. Snap out of it. There do exist conversions as you describe. Why don’t you find them yourself instead of bugging us? There’s this thing called Google, where you can find answers for yourself.

  3. FutureBasic ended up having a FB to C converter written for it.
    (only works on carbon)
    I have NO apologies for what IS a Mac topic.
    Again, not only did Steve Jobs say HE LOVED writing programs in BASIC, but this Is of interest to someone looking for a cool product.
    You don’t think programming is important ? You don’t think an EASY WAY to program is relevant.
    Only a DIFFICULT way of doing it, would have any importance ?
    BULLSHIT !!! Perhaps, lack of imagination is in play here ?
    This could be a HIGH SELLING APP. (regardless of what some may say)
    Remember, Xerox, didn’t care about what THEY HAD !
    People talk about C, or Objective c, and an EASY way to program has a place.

    1. I think I understand where you’re coming from. Myself, I have a musty library of BASIC programs that perform interesting number-theoretic functions. Converting them to a modern language would be cool. Yet, my current work life has not demanded them and so that remains just an item on a wish list.

      In real life, I have had to recode hundreds of control programs. Since I operate by billable hours, nifty conversion schemes don’t have quite the same appeal, especially when you are handling the code of unknown authors that, unattended, could lead to catastrophic failures.

  4. Well o.k..
    But musty library of BASIC programs… is NOT really what I mean.
    I mean a BRAND NEW BASIC (SUPERBASIC), so you DON’T NEED to write in C, in the first place. NEW BASIC that works at the SAME SPEED as C !!! Now com’on, That’s a product that would sell.
    I looked up on Google. Thank’s for the tip. So I found ZERO commercial programs out there.
    There was BACon which is the ONLY thing out there. NOT a commercial product, and it has ZERO GRAPHICS commands.
    Hardly, what I mean, but it proves my point.
    A GREAT NEW BASIC that converts to C, so it runs at the SAME SPEED as if you wrote it in C, in the FIRST PLACE, would be BETTER than writing C because it would be EASIER.

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