Already, the recent Sony data leaks, which included email exchanges among the studio’s top brass, have revealed that revenue projections for the upcoming Steve Jobs biopic written by Aaron Sorkin took a nosedive after Leonardo DiCaprio left the project. In addition, they have disclosed Sorkin’s original choice for the film’s lead role of the late Apple cofounder and CEO: Tom Cruise.
Now, through the leaks (via The Verge), we’re made privy to even more tidbits about the movie that seems to be in perpetual preproduction. Of particular note are the plans to set and shoot the film in as few as four locations.
“The venues would be easy (we could probably find them all in town),” wrote David Fincher in a rather enthusiastic email in February, back when the “Social Network” director was still attached to helm the project:
Is great. It’s a play, but a really quicksilver, cinematic one.
I would think you would want to cast and rehearse very carefully (couple months)
Shoot very quickly (4 or 5 weeks — 8 days per ACT??)
The venues would be easy (we could probably find them all in town)
Editing is where we would spend time.
Can SONY market a ONE MAN SHOW(?)
As noted by Sorkin in an interview last month, “It’s a 181-page script, about 100 of it is that one character.” The script is said to be composed of three 30-minute acts, each taking place before a major product launch spearheaded by Jobs: the original Mac, the NeXT cube, and the iPod.
In an email sent in March, Sorkin wrote that the movie would require only four shooting locations: “two auditoriums, a restaurant and a garage.”
Sorkin’s script is based on the authorized biography written by Walter Isaacson, who expressed his approval of the screenplay in a February email to producer Scott Rudin: “The script is totally awesome. I have a tear in my eye having just finished. I was deeply moved by the narrative arc and by the beautiful end.”
Now under the management of Universal after being dropped by Sony last month, the upcoming Steve Jobs biopic is set to be directed by Danny Boyle, who won an Oscar for “Slumdog Millionaire,” and to star Michael Fassbender, who was nominated for his supporting role in “12 Years a Slave.”