updated 12:31 am EDT, Tue April 22, 2014
Fincher out, Boyle in as director; Bale out, DiCaprio in as Jobs
Following the alleged pullout of planned director David Fincher -- and possibly his choice to play the title role, Christian Bale -- the latest speculation on Sony Pictures' Steve Jobs biopic has it that the studio is now talking to Danny Boyle to helm the multi-million dollar movie, and goes on to say that Boyle's choice for the Jobs role is Leonard DiCaprio. Boyle, best known for Slumdog Millionaire and Trainspotting, is rumored to be the leading candidate following Fincher's walkout over fees and marketing control demands, according to the Hollywood Reporter.
Fincher, who previously teamed with screenwriter Aaron Sorkin to create the Oscar-winning The Social Network based on Facebook's history and also directed Fight Club among other hit movies, reportedly demanded a $10 million up-front paycheck and control over marketing the film, the latter of which Sony balked at due to problems with Fincher's handling of The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo. Fincher had also allegedly insisted on Bale, best known as the star of the most recent Batman movies, for the role of Jobs.
The Sony film, expected sometime next year, is based on Walter Isaacson's official Jobs biography, though Sony has also added Apple co-founder Steve Wozniak on as a consultant, presumably to help bolster the historical accuracy of some of the events depicted. Sorkin has said that the entire film will consists of three scenes (and presumably flashbacks) taking place in real-time backstage just before the introduction of three key products in Jobs' life: the Macintosh in 1984, the NeXT computer in 1988, and the iPod in 2001.