Hi, Jana here,
Move over, Ashton Kutcher! He may have Mila Kunis, but he does not hold a monopoly on playing Steve Jobs. Jobs was an American entrepreneur, marketer, and inventor, who was the co-founder, chairman, and CEO of Apple Inc. His name is interchangeable with other greats in the industry Bill Gates, Steve Wozniak and Tim Cook.
Director David Fincher, met with Sony CEO Amy Pascal to discuss his directing the feature and told her very plainly, that he wasn’t interested if Christian Bale was not cast as the star. No one has approached Bale with the role yet, but he has been a long-time favorite to portray the tech guru due to their appearances being so similar.
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.
Aaron Sorkin wrote the screenplay, that alone would be the makings of a hit, but if you combine that with Fincher’s directing and the production power of Scott Rudin, Mark Gordon and Guymon Casady, you’ve got an Oscar contender on your hands. Plus they’re putting together a team that has worked together in various projects. Sorkin wrote 2010’s ‘The Social Network‘ that Fincher directed and Rudin produced. ‘Moneyball‘ was another Sorkin screenplay which Rudin produced and starred Brad Pitt, who Fincher has famously worked with numerous times in films like ‘Se7en‘, ‘The Curious Case of Benjamin Button‘, and ‘Fight Club‘.
Though Open Road’s “Jobs,” which starred Kutcher, grossed only $35 million worldwide, Sony still believes there is enough interest for another film, this one based on Walter Isaacson’s bestselling authorized biography. The book was based on more than 40 interview the 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. 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.”