Aaron Sorkin Steve Jobs

Aaron Sorkin is so well-established as a writer that his name connotes a certain level of ambition and achievement. He earned a large audience with The West Wing; whether he’s earning the right to keep it with The Newsroom is another story. So it is refreshing to hear, direct from the man, that he still struggles as a writer. For example, at a Q&A last night he talked about The Newsroom, saying, “I feel like I’m just now starting to learn how to write it.” He also talked about his Steve Jobs film, which is currently called… Steve Jobs. Read More »

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Leonardo DiCaprio Steve Jobs movie

At one point the Aaron Sorkin-penned Steve Jobs film might have been directed by David Fincher. Unfortunately, Fincher never took the gig due to disagreements over salary and control. That leaves the high-profile project wide open for a director willing to take on the job. Now, Sony may have locked down a very awards-friendly filmmaker: Danny Boyle is now in talks to direct the film. Furthermore, it looks like his star may end up being Leonardo DiCaprio. Steve Jobs doesn’t seem like the most likely role for DiCaprio, but it’s certainly a box-office friendly choice. Read More »

David Fincher

When David Fincher was first announced as the likely director for the Aaron Sorkin-scripted Steve Jobs movie, there was some dissent as to how firm or even likely the deal was. Now the deal is dead, because Fincher wants too much control, or too much money. Or perhaps both. Read More »

Christian Bale Steve Jobs

David Fincher will only direct the Aaron Sorkin-scripted Steve Jobs biopic if Oscar-winner Christian Bale plays the lead role. That’s what The Wrap is reporting this afternoon. Fincher has been in talks to direct the film, which reportedly centers on three key keynote addresses in Jobs’ life. In a meeting with the head of Sony Pictures, Amy Pascal, the Fight Club director said he’d only do the film if Batman himself took on the role. Read More »

David Fincher

The Oscar-winning team behind The Social Network is taking on tech-reality once again. David Fincher is in early talks to direct a Steve Jobs biopic written by Aaron Sorkin.

Update: New reports say that Fincher isn’t yet in talks, but he’s taking a meeting about the film. Our headline has been changed to reflect his more tenuous status with the project. More details below.

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Sorkin Newsroom

When it comes to HBO’s series The Newsroom, people either love it or hate it. Knowing that, today everyone got some good news. For fans, a third season of the show has officially been announced. That third season will also be the series’ last. The news also came with a postscript: series creator Aaron Sorkin has turned in his long gestating screenplay about Steve JobsRead More »

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Steve Jobs may not be around to tell us what’s right or wrong about Jobs, but plenty of his former friends and colleagues are. That includes Apple co-founder Steve Wozniak, who’s voiced his disappointment with the film’s inaccuracies in the past.

Now, early Apple employee Daniel Kottke and Apple developer Andy Hertzfeld have joined Woz in an even more detailed two-hour discussion about the movie, hosted by Apple engineer John Vink. Hit the jump to find out how Woz actually got involved in the Homebrew Computer Club, what really led to Jobs’s firing in 1985, and why they mostly think Pirates of Silicon Valley was the better Jobs film.

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[This is a reprint of a review that originally ran in January, at the Sundance Film Festival. Jobs is in theaters today.]

While Steve Jobs changed the world with his innovations and forward thinking, the first biopic about him, Jobs, does not. It is a competent retelling of Jobs’ life, beginning with his college years, and running through the period when he regained control of Apple in the 1990s.

Ashton Kutcher plays the title role and does a good job at making you forget there’s a big star under the beard and glasses. It’s the script by Matt Whiteley, however, where the cracks begin to show. Jobs [the new official spelling of the title] is so hell-bent on cramming all these seminal moments into one film, it never builds much context around them. We never feel like they mean anything or understand the “why” about the big moments. The film loves to tell us things, but never quite explains any in a satisfactory way.

The resulting product is an entertaining but flawed take on the man who co-created Apple. Directed by Joshua Michael Stern, Jobs had its world premiere at the 2013 Sundance Film Festival Friday night. Read more after the jump Read More »

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