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Christian Bale Is David Fincher's Choice to Play Steve Jobs in Sony Movie (Exclusive)

Christian Bale Is David Fincher's Choice to Play Steve Jobs in Sony Movie (Exclusive)

Aaron Sorkin wrote the film, which will be produced by Scott Rudin, Mark Gordon and Guymon Casady

Oscar winner Christian Bale is David Fincher's choice to play Steve Jobs in the untitled movie that Aaron Sorkin has written for Sony, an individual familiar with the project has told TheWrap.

Scott Rudin and Mark Gordon are producing with Film 360's Guymon Casady.

A representative for Gordon did not immediately respond to TheWrap's request for comment, while Sony declined to comment on the record. A representative for Bale also did not immediately respond to a request for comment.

Fincher recently met with Sony's Amy Pascal to discuss the possibility of directing the film, and told her, in no uncertain terms, that he'd only take the reins of the project if Bale plays Jobs.

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Fincher and Pascal had a tense relationship during the making of “The Girl With the Dragon Tattoo,” but Pascal believes in him as a filmmaker — and is inclined to keep him happy, according to one insider. It helps that Pascal has a good relationship with Bale, following a positive experience on “American Hustle.” The film earned Bale an Oscar nomination during a highly-competitive year.

While Steve Jobs is a long way from Batman, Bale has been considered a prime contender to play the tech superhero since the project was first announced due to his physical resemblance to the Apple co-founder.

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Bale has not been approached to play Jobs yet, as the actor is taking a brief break from the business to spend time with his family since wrapping the role of Moses in Ridley Scott's “Exodus.” The Biblical epic is expected to have Bale back in the awards conversation.

Sorkin, who won an Oscar for writing Fincher's Facebook drama “The Social Network,” based his script on Walter Isaacson's bestselling authorized biography. That book was, in turn, based on more than 40 interviews that author had with Jobs, as well as interviews with friends, family and colleagues.

The film consists of three long scenes regarding Apple's buzzed-about product launches, including the Mac, NeXT (after Jobs had left Apple) and the iPod.

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Production could begin before the end of the year, though an early 2015 start is more likely, as both Bale and Fincher will be busy this fall promoting their respective movies, “Exodus” and “Gone Girl.”

Though Open Road's “Jobs,” which starred Ashton Kutcher, grossed only $35 million worldwide, Sony believes that there is considerable interest across the globe in a Steve Jobs movie made by and featuring A-list talent.

Bale, who will soon be seen in a pair of Terrence Malick movies, has no firm attachments to movies in development. The notoriously selective actor won an Oscar for his supporting performance in David O. Russell's “The Fighter.” He's repped by WME and attorney Carlos Goodman.

  • Jim

    Uh-oh! Aaron Sorkin wrote this???????

    Here we go again!

    • Marvin

      Here we go….Dumb and boring.

  • http://batman-news.com/ Batman-News.com

    I love Apple/Steve Jobs even more than I love Batman. I really hope Bale takes the role. He'd be incredible!

    • Johnny Utah Surfs For Justice

      Hmmm. If you love Apple more than Batman then you really aren't that great of a Batman fan.

      • http://batman-news.com/ Batman-News.com

        And I guess one day when I have a wife I'm supposed to love Batman more than her too? Come on…

        • poopadooptroop

          Yeah you are

        • rex

          HA! HA!

        • Honey Badger Don't Care

          haha like you'll ever get a wife.

  • rizzo51

    Love everyone connected to this project but I'm afraid SONY may be mistaken about the public's interest in a Jobs biopic. I'm an Apple stockholder and I have no desire to see it!!

  • Bob

    Didnt Ashton already fail at this like 2 months ago?

    • Rust

      Yeah. It was Ashton. With a shitty director, a shitty script, etc. This is DAVID FINCHER and CHRISTIAN BALE, fair to say if this comes through we can expect a slightly different outcome.

    • Gamblor77

      I'm sad to admit I really liked the Jobs movie, and I don't even like Steve Jobs or Apple. I thought Ashton did well and he looked identical to him. Really worked hard on those douchey Jobs’ mannerisms and speech and the whole 9.

      • Dallis

        I totally agree and am not quite sure why with all the subjects out there they feel the need to reproduce a movie that just left theatres and is still selling well on DVD…..Isnt there someone else or something else….maybe original they can think of hmmmm

  • JumpIf NotZero

    Ah Arron Sorkin is in the mix?

    So it'll be painful to watch and filled with entirely unrealistic dialog, all while pushing for a revisionist history of real events.

    No thanks.

  • Anthony

    Another fucking Steve Jobs so soon what in the fuck.

    • http://www.facebook.com/maria.feliz.3956 Maria Feliz

      To be fair Ashton's movie was crap

  • OscarPreviews

    Christian Bale, David Fincher, the producer of Captain Phillips, The Social Network and No Country For Old Men and written by Aaron Sorkin. This has Oscar written all over it.

  • Amanda B.

    I want Christian Bale to murder my vagina!

  • Aarin

    Talk about throwing shade! I guess, according to this article, that Ashton Kutcher isn't A-list? Granted, he'snot the best dramatic actor, but he's funny as hello, the highest paid sitcom star on television right now, AND engaged to Meg Griffin. So, I say the chap has done right well for himself.

    • Eton

      Ashton Kutcher is also on track to become the first billionaire actor. His projected billionaire status won't be from his acting career though. He's been savvy with his money earned from acting and has invested in a number of tech start-ups for the last decade or so. He has stakes in Skype, Foursquare, Spotify, Fab, Uber, Dwolla, Path and Airbnb. He is tipped by tech analysts to become a billionaire before the end of this year, on paper at least.

    • AdiDazzler

      First off that's just it….funny as hello may be funny to the masses, but how funny is he?….granted he has talent, business smarts and great looks, but in the world of being a major acting talent it has nothing to do with being an A lister, and Kucher doesn't rank up there. Also who cares who he is engaged to….Meg Griffin lol….try Milla Kunis.

      • Todd

        Mila Kunis IS Meg Griffin. She voices the Meg Griffin character on Family Guy.

    • AdiDazzler

      Get back with me when he did what another pretty boy, Matthew Mcconaughey, did with Dallas Buyers Club and True Detective….now that are some acting chops.

  • Vino

    Bale, pls BAIL out. This pic has NO box office interest. (Another borink SONY docudrama.)….

    • newuser2k13

      Sinc u cnt use prpr english I'm not going to to trust your opinion.

  • tom

    Fincher would be the only reason to see this. Didn't the Nintendo creator just die? He has to be more interesting than Jobs

  • JeanbearTheImmasculator

    Do we really need another Jobs movie? I should pitch one.

  • adfasdfasdfsadfsadfsdf

    It's a great book, but I thought “Jobs” and “Pirates of Silicon Valley” were both great. If Fincher makes it, I will watch it 5 times or more. He's the best director in Hollywood. But his talent would be better spent somewhere else. Maybe Episode VIII of the STar Wars, huh.

    • GN

      I recall an interview with David Fincher where he said the film that sparked his desire to become a film director was The Empire Strikes Back. I believe he worked on Return of the Jedi as part of the FX team.

  • Rohan

    Both Bale and Jobs do have a reputation of shouting and swearing at people on set.

  • Future Bruce Wayne

    he works wit da new BAtman nd now want the old one too!!

  • Amit

    Enough with Steve Jobs already, He is no Superhero, he was just a selfish rude businessman who died, selling cheap stuff at high prices to dumb people, there are so many more successful and iconic people out there, Steve Jobs cannot even compare to their feet

  • Steve Thompson

    hhhhhhhhhhmmmmmmmmmmm, love that “A-List” comment

  • AdiDazzler

    So much for the peanut gallery and their opinions. Despite what people think about no interest about another Jobs movie, you are way off that the fascination with Jobs and a film starring Bale and made by Fincher and written by Sorkin wouldn't produce major appeal to the masses. We don't care about your rhetoric but do care about a stellar production that should surpass the efforts of the Kushton film.

  • fanboynz

    Awesome choice!

  • Rodzilla

    A movie with three scenes, telling the story of how some asshole convinced millions of people that the thing he just invented was what they had been waiting for, their entire lives? Sounds lame.

  • theAwesome

    Great choice, but I actually think Tom Cruise would be best — his performances in A Few Good Men and Jerry Maguire really capture him.

  • Tim C. Chapin

    Aaron Sorkin + David Fincher? Theyll knock it out of the park.