Christian Bale is Closer to Playing Steve Jobs

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Oscar-winning actor Christian Bale is closer to playing Apple founder and former CEO Steve Jobs in Sony Pictures’ Untitled Steve Jobs Biopic.

Based on a screenplay by The Social Network‘s Aaron Sorkin, the movie was originally going to be directed by David Fincher, and it was reported back in March that Bale was Fincher’s first choice to play the late technology pioneer. A month later Fincher dropped out of the project. Director Danny Boyle and actor Leonardo DiCaprio were then interested in taking over the project and while Boyle is still attached to direct, DiCaprio officially dropped out earlier this month.

That brings us back to Bale, who had been in talks to play Detective Travis McGee in James Mangold’s adaptation of John D. MacDonald’s The Deep Blue Good-By, which Leonardo DiCaprio was once attached to star in, but is now producing under his Appian Way banner with Peter Chernin. (You have all that straight so far?)

According to The Hollywood Reporter, negotiations for Bale to appear in that movie have stalled because Fox reportedly wants Bale to sign on for possible Travis McGee sequels, which he won’t agree to, but the project is now on hold so Bale would do the Steve Jobs film first.

Previously, Ashton Kutcher played Steve Jobs in last year’s JOBS, a film that was a critical and commercial failure when it was finally released in August after its Sundance Film Festival debut.

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