Director David Fincher has told Sony Pictures that he'll only sign on to direct the studio's forthcoming Steve Jobs biopic if Christian Bale can be clinched to play the lead role - and apparently nobody has yet approached Bale to discuss the project or offer him the part.
If Sony does want Fincher to take charge of the project, which comes hot on the heels of the incredibly disappointing Jobs, released last year and starring Ashton Kutcher as the late Apple supremo, they'll need to do whatever it takes to get former Batman Bale involved because, despite discussions still being ongoing, Fincher has reportedly told them in no uncertain terms that he simply won't be involved without the Welshman.
The forthcoming movie will be directly based on the best selling authorized biography on Jobs from Walter Isaacson, which is definitely promising, as the book's warts and all approach avoids deifying Jobs in the way that so many other projects about the legendary CEO have.
Should Fincher get his man, he'll join The West Wing scribe Aaron Sorkin on the movie's team, which would mark their first picture together since they wrapped up the hugely succcessful The Social Network. It's clear that Sorkin and Fincher complement each other's styles well, so hopefully we can see Bale drafted in to deliver a movie worth watching about a story that's very much deserving of a decent big-screen treatment.