After delivering the critical and box office smash “The Social Network,” Sony has commissioned the Facebook drama’s creative team for another high-profile techie-themed biopic, this time about Apple founder and tech pioneer Steve Jobs.
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.
Guymon Casady and Mark Gordon are also on board as producers.
Sorkin has publicly said the Jobs biopic will be divided into three long scenes, each taking place backstage before one of Apple’s infamous product launches.
“The first one being the Mac,” he told the Daily Beast. “The second one being NeXT, after he had left Apple. And the third one being the iPod.”
“It’s a little like writing about the Beatles,” he added. “There are so many people out there that know him and revere him.”
Fincher, who last directed “The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo” for Sony, is currently in post-production on Fox’s “Gone Girl.” If a deal is completed, filming would most likely not begin to later this year.
Though audiences didn’t rush to see Open Road’s Ashton Kutcher-starring “Jobs” last year, Sony is confident the Fincher-Sorkin project will have more commercial appeal, given the high-profile creative team involved, not to mention the fact that it’s based on the only authorized biography that Jobs would give his blessing to prior to his death.
The biography, released in 2011, is based on more than 40 interviews Isaacson had with Jobs as well as more than 100 interviews with friends, family and a variety of other associates linked to Jobs over the years.
Fincher is repped by the law firm Hansen, Jacobson, Teller, Hoberman, Newman, Warren, Richman, Rush & Kaller.
His next movie “Gone Girl,” starring Ben Affleck, opens Oct. 3.