Christian Bale could play Steve Jobs in the forthcoming biopic directed by David Fincher and written by Aaron Sorkin. Though the writer-director team is enough to whet appetites, the addition of Oscar winner Bale to the mix basically means this movie cannot fail. Sort of.
Christian Bale Could Play Steve Jobs
Bale, who recently scored an Oscar nomination for American Hustle, is very much Fincher's first choice for the movie considered a companion piece to Fincher and Sorkin's The Social Network.
According to the Wrap, Fincher has made it a condition that he will only accept the task of directing Jobs' story, should Sony secure Bale for the lead role. Studio co-chair Amy Pascal, who previously worked with Fincher on The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo, is believed to be happy to go along with the director's demands.
The project will take a widely different approach to the instantly forgettable Ashton Kutcher biopic in that it will revolve around three long scenes, each detailing a different product launch. The movie will cover the original Mac in 1984, the widely admired but commercially unsuccessful NeXT computer that Jobs built after getting the boot from Apple, and the game-changing iPod that marked his triumphant return:
Christian Bale arriving for the American Hustle premiere:
"There will be no time cuts and each will take place before a product launch. 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," Sorkin told the Daily Beast.
"I don't know if you remember the ad campaign [Jobs] did. It was the 'Think Different' campaign. 'Here's to the crazy ones.' That's how it began. If I can end the movie with that text and that voiceover ... If I can earn that ending, then I will have written the movie that I wanted to write," the acclaimed writer added.
Sorkin and Fincher's movie is effectively the 'official' Steve Jobs biopic, given it adapts the bestselling official biography by Walter Isaacson, Steve Jobs: The Exclusive Biography.
Christian Bale has not yet been formally approached to play Jobs. He has just finished work on Ridley Scott's biblical Exodus.
Steve Jobs died of respiratory arrest in October 2011, related to pancreatic cancer.