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David Fincher Passes on Sony’s Steve Jobs Biopic

After showing early interest in the project, sources tell Variety that David Fincher will not direct “Jobs,” Sony’s biopic on Steve Jobs.

Fincher was never officially attached to the project, which would have reteamed him with “The Social Network” scribe Aaron Sorkin and producer Scott Rudin, but had met with Sony after the studio tapped him as its top choice to direct the pic. At that point, insiders said Fincher was weighing a handful of other projects and had never fully committed to directing.

The film is based on the Walter Isaacson biography “Steve Jobs,” to which Sony acquired the rights following the Apple mogul’s death in 2011. Sorkin finished the script earlier this year and has said that it is divided into three long scenes, each taking place backstage before one of the company’s infamous product launches.

Guymon Casady and Mark Gordon are also on board as producers.

Fincher is currently in post-production on the Fox adaptation of Gillian Flynn’s popular “Gone Girl” novel.

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