Last month, word arrived that Sony was looking to put the Social Network team back together for its Steve Jobs film. With Aaron Sorkin on script duty, the studio had hoped that David Fincher would direct it. Now The Wrap updates the story, bringing news that Fincher wants Christian Bale as Jobs.
Though all involved are naturally circling the PR wagons and refusing to comment on the record lest the talks are disrupted, Fincher has apparently told studio head Amy Pascal that he’ll only take the job if Bale is on board as Jobs.
Given his physical resemblance to the former Apple boss, Bale could certainly pull it off. And his Oscar winner status certainly won’t hurt the prestige of the new project. Sorkin’s script, which is based on Walter Isaacson’s bestselling authorised biography of the man, focuses on three big moments in Jobs’ corporate life, including the launch of the Mac, the NeXT (which was introduced after he was removed from the company) and the iPod, launched in the years after his triumphant return. Sony is ideally aiming to have the cameras rolling either by the end of this year or early next to accommodate both Fincher and Bale’s busy schedules. This could be something great, but we’re not holding our breath until the happy press releases start flying.