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.
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.