After it was announced that the pairing of Christian Bale and David Fincher wouldn’t be coming aboard to star in/direct Aaron Sorkin‘s script about Steve Jobs, I knew it would only be a short time until replacements were at least being negotiated with. I’d heard rumors about Bennett Miller being wooed, but apparently sources are indicating that Danny Boyle is going to be the filmmaker who signs on, and what’s more, he’s looking to team up with Leonardo DiCaprio for the title role. Those of you who listened to the most recent Power Hour know that we discussed where DiCaprio should go in order to try and win an Oscar, so while this isn’t a smaller scale project, dealing with Sorkin’s dialogue might be a boon for him. You can read more below, but this is still in the early stages, so stay tuned for official word…
Here’s the story from The Hollywood Reporter:
Moving fast to replace David Fincher on its highly anticipated Steve Jobs movie, Sony Pictures is in talks with Danny Boyle to direct the biopic of the late Apple Computer co-founder. Boyle is said to have approached Leonardo DiCaprio to star.
As The Hollywood Reporter revealed earlier this month, Fincher fell out of the project due to his aggressive demands for compensation and control. Fincher had wanted Christian Bale for the title role, though the actor was not signed.
The film is to be produced by Scott Rudin and written by Aaron Sorkin (The Social Network), based on the best-selling biography of Jobs by Walter Isaacson. Film 360’s Guymon Casady and Mark Gordon are also producers on the film.
The Jobs film could mark a reteaming of DiCaprio and Boyle, the star and director, respectively, of 2000’s The Beach. Neither has previously worked with Sorkin.
Sources caution that deals are not done. And DiCaprio has committed to star in Alejandro Gonzalez Inarritu’s thriller The Revenant for New Regency starting in September.
The departure of Fincher dashed hopes of reuniting the team behind Social Network, which grossed $225 million worldwide in 2010.
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