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Deadline and other industry sites are both reporting variations on the rumor that David Fincher is hooking up with Aaron Sorkin after all for that Steve Jobs biopic. Sorkin wrote the script based on Walter Isaacson's biography "Steve Jobs," which was published soon after the Apple co-founder died in 2011.
Ashton Kutcher's "Jobs" beat the Fincher/Sorkin deal to the punch, but it got pretty bad reviews, didn't do well at the box office, and managed to annoy human teddy bear and programming genius Steve Wozniak. How's that for a hat trick?
Of course, Sorkin and Fincher have impressive track records, both as collaborators and on their own projects. Remember, we all sniffed at the idea of a Facebook movie, and they gave us "The Social Network," which earned three Oscars and finally helped audiences differentiate Jesse Eisenberg from Michael Cera. Surely they can make another winner out of an impressive biography of an eccentric genius. Wozniak is apparently on board as a consultant, which will definitely lend the movie a certain legitimacy that "Jobs" was lacking.
This rumor has been floated before, but now that Fincher is in post-production on "Gone Girl," things can move forward. Sorry, Lisbeth.