After The Social Network's David Fincher failed to reach a deal with Sony Pictures, the studio is now in talks with Oscar winning director Danny Boyle to direct the Aaron Sorkin-penned Steve Jobs biopic, and the latter is said to have approached Leonardo DiCaprio for the lead role.
The biopic is based on Steve Job's biography which was written at his request by Walter Isaacson, a former executive at CNN and Time who has written best-selling biographies of Benjamin Franklin and Albert Einstein. It was released on October 24, 2011, shortly after which Sony bought the rights to it.
Earlier, Fincher fell out of the project due to his aggressive financial compensation and control demands. He was not only asking for $10 million up front, but also wanted control over marketing materials, much the same way he did with The Girl With the Dragon Tattoo in 2011. Christian Bale was Fincher's top choice to play Jobs, though the actor was not signed.
Although nothing is yet confirmed, the pairing of DiCaprio and Boyle could prove better as not only they've worked together earlier in the 2000 film The Beach, their presence would make the biopic appeal to a far broader audience than the combination of Fincher and Bale might.