by: Sammy Mink
British director Danny Boyle is in early talks to direct Sony’s Steve Jobs biopic STEVE JOBS. We’re also hearing that Leonardo DiCaprio has been approached to star in the project but nothing has been confirmed on that front yet. David Fincher was previously in talks to helm the project but has since dropped out.
The Aaron Sorkin penned project is based on the Walter Isaacson biography following the life and work of the Apple CEO. The book covers Jobs’ entire life up until his death in 2011 so it will be interesting to see which parts Sorkin has chosen to focus on.
Boyle is the Oscar winning director known for “Slumdog Millionaire,” “127 Hours” and “Trainspotting,” with “Millionaire” taking home an Oscar for Best Picture. The next projects on the horizon for Boyle are a heist flick “Smash and Grab” and “Porno,” the sequel to “Trainspotting” with Ewan McGregor rumored to be reprising his role. Boyle’s possible attachment to this project will definitely get me in the theater.
As for DiCaprio, I don’t really see him as Jobs, especially not in the way that Ashton Kutcher embodied him in last year’s “Jobs.” Leo does have a lot of experience starring in biopics, though, including “Catch Me If You Can,” “The Aviator” and “J. Edgar,” so this project seems right up his alley. The only caveat is that he has already signed on for “The Revenant” so his busy schedule might keep him off of this project.