Think back all the way to 2013, when a biopic about a man named Steve Jobs surfaced starring Ashton Kutcher. Okay, now forget that Jobs ever existed because David Fincher and Aaron Sorkin would like to make another biopic about the Apple co-founder like right away, please, if that’s okay with everyone.
After tackling the story of one petulant billionaire technology boy king of Silicon Valley with The Social Network, the writing and directing duo would like to conquer the tale of Jobs, based on the best-selling biography written by Walter Isaacson that Sorkin has already finished adapting. Though the story of Apple’s creation and Job’s rise to relevance is already pretty much public knowledge at this point, even if you didn’t see Jobs last year or one of its thousands of inspirational promos, here’s a refresher:
Jobs and his friend Steve Wozniak were free-wheelin’ visonaries for a technological industry, who built Apple from the ground up – only for Jobs to have it all taken away when his power became too polarizing. Under Apple and throughout his pretty remarkable life, the tech giant helped revolutionize personal computers, cell phones and music. His volatile personality got him in trouble fairly frequently over the years, getting him ousted from his own company at one point, as mentioned, but he maintained an unapolagetic stance for all of his actions.
The parallels between Jobs and Facebook’s Mark Zuckerberg, the subject of The Social Network, are clear as day; Sorkin and Fincher have found themselves another insanely successful, cocky and complicated tech whiz who changed an industry while making a few enemies along the way. With Social Network producer Scott Rudin along for the untitled Steve Jobs project too, it seems likely that we would get something along the lines of The Apple Network, but not so fast.
Back in 2012, Sorkin spoke about his script and revealed that it wouldn’t be following a cradle-to-grave format for the man or his machines, but rather focus on three “real time” 30-minute scenes that reveal the product launches of Apple’s Mac, NeXT and iPod in 1984, 1995 and 2001. It’s an interesting concept that will definitely take the film a step away from The Social Network’s format and distinguish it as a separate entity entirely from 2013’s Jobs.
Casting hasn’t been announced for the film, but best of luck to the team in finding anyone who looks as eerily similar to young Steve Jobs as Ashton Kutcher. Nobody saw it – maybe he can try again?