Christian Bale Is David Fincher’s Only Choice To Play Steve Jobs

By Mark Hodge (doddleNEWS)

David Fincher has reportedly agreed to direct Sony’s Steve Jobs biopic on one condition, that Christian Bale is cast in the lead.

According to The Wrap, the Fight Club director has met with producer Amy Pascal and insisted that the Oscar winning actor is his only choice to play the iconic Apple founder.

The still untitled project has been gestating for a while, following Job’s death in 2011 from cancer. Although, a script is in place, written by Moneyball scribe Aaron Sorkin won an Academy award for Fincher’s Facebook drama The Social Network.

Sorkin based his screenplay on Walter Issacson’s authorized biography which was produced from a staggering 40 interviews with Jobs.

The screen adaptation will however be totally original, split into three sections, each centring on the protagonist during Apple’s famous product launches. The launches in question are the Mac, NeXT and the iPod.

As for Fincher, the Seven filmmaker reportedly had a fraught relationship with Pascal during the shooting of The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo. But The Wrap report that Pascal is willing to put differences aside because, let’s face it, Fincher is one of the best directors on the planet. Also the fact that he scored a critical and commercial hit with The Social Network, which Sorkin scripted, means this project is a no brainier.

Crucially, Pascal has a very good working relationship with Bale following David O. Russell’s American Hustle, for which the Welsh actor landed another Oscar nomination.

Nearly every report has mentioned the failure of another biopic, Jobs, starring Ashton Kutcher in the lead. However, that film was rushed and ill-conceived, and was subsequently dogged by bad press, following a disastrous early screening at the Sundance Film Festival.

Indeed, only a brave man (or maybe a Microsoft employee) would bet against a Jobs biopic with Fincher, Sorkin, and Bale involved. I fully expect the film to be released in conjunction with one of Apple’s aforementioned product launches.

Basically, if Sony gets the director and star they want, then this has hit written all over it.

About Mark Hodge

Mark Hodge is a journalist and copywriter from Glasgow, Scotland. As well as being involved in film festivals in the UK, Mark has also worked as a sports reporter covering soccer matches in his home country. In fact, he even attended the Winter Olympic Games in Vancouver, helping to document the cultural impact of the event on the city. He also writes for The Huffington Post covering topics such as film, sports and politics.


  1. I think Bale is a great choice. His method ways could suit this role well, and hopefully produce a film worthy of Job’s story.

  2. John Brune says:

    Of course it has ‘hit’ written all over it because it’s Fincher. Jesus is he paying you to wash his feet, too? All this Fincher worship is worse than Tarantino worship.

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