Wednesday, November 5, 2014

Christian Bale drops out of Steve Jobs biopic, Michael Fassbender now in talks to star in the film

Steve Jobs sorta kinda got a biopic back in 2013 in the form of Jobs, but the one we've truly been waiting for is still in pre-production. The latest Jobs biopic, written by Aaron Sorkin (Moneyball, The Social Network) and produced by superstar Hollywood player Scott Rudin, has hit a brick wall in recent months. Iconic director David Fincher, who worked with Sorkin and Rudin on The Social Network, was originally set to direct the film. However, Fincher left after Sony denied him a $10 million upfront fee and control over the film's marketing. According to The Hollywood Reporter's April article, Sony was disappointed in the results of the marketing for The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo and didn't want to give Fincher control again. That ended those discussions very quickly.

Later on, Slumdog Millionaire director Danny Boyle joined the film and is now set to helm the project for Sony. But the movie has run into an even bigger problem now: finding its star. Christian Bale was originally in talks when Fincher was rumored to be directing, but he departed the project rather quickly. Leonardo Dicaprio then entered the picture. In early October, The Hollywood Reporter ran another article reporting that Dicaprio had departed for Alejandro Gonzalez Inarritu's The Revenant. Bale then came back into the picture later in October, but has now left once again after deciding that he wasn't right for the part.

That brings Prometheus and 12 Years a Slave star Michael Fassbender into the picture. Variety's sources confirm that Fassbender is in talks to play the Apple co-founder in the film. Seth Rogen is also in talks to play Steve Wozniak in the film, but according to Variety, no formal offer has been made. It wouldn't surprise me if Fassbender left the film as well, but hopefully Sony can get everything together and make a push for the talented actor.

Sources: The Hollywood Reporter, Variety

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