Fincher, 51, is well-known for directing Se7en, Fight Club, and The Curious Case of Benjamin Button, and currently serves as producer for popular Netflix series House of Cards.
Directing the new Steve Jobs film would reunite Fincher with writer Aaron Sorkin. The two previously collaborated on 2010's The Social Network, a film that Fincher directed and Sorkin wrote. The Social Network producer Scott Rudin would also join them as one of the producers on the as yet untitled film.
Sorkin has stated that the "entire movie is going to be three scenes, and three scenes only, that all take place in real time... Each of these three scenes is going to take place...backstage before a product launch. The first one being the Mac, the second one being NeXT (after he had left Apple), and the third one being the iPod."
The new movie is based on Walter Isaacson's best-selling Steve Jobs biography, and will be one of many films created about the Apple co-founder since his 2011 death. The project, however, is considered to be much more high-profile than other recent productions because of the people involved and the popularity of Isaacson's book. Apple co-founder Steve Wozniak will participate on the film as a consultant.
Fincher's current project, a movie adaptation of Gillian Flynn's novel Gone Girl, will be released in October of this year.