David Fincher Says Gimme Bale, or No Jobs Movie

Fincher is throwing his weight around

Christian BaleI have to assume most film fans share my excitement over a reunion between David Fincher and screenwriter Aaron Sorkin with the upcoming Steve Jobs biopic at Sony. I assume that excitement increases when you learn Fincher wants Christian Bale to play the lead role. There is, however, a hitch to Fincher's want.

According to The Wrap, in a meeting with the Sony Pictures head, Amy Pascal, Fincher said he'll only make the film if Bale takes the lead role. Quite the ultimatum eh? Well, on top of that, Bale hasn't even been approached yet.

According The Wrap, Pascal has a good relationship with Bale and while she and Fincher had a tense relationship during the filming of The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo, she believes in Fincher and wants to keep him happy if possible. Now that's some directorial power.

What do you think of Fincher throwing his weight around like this?

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  • http://www.ropeofsilicon.com/profile/Hudsucker/ Hudsucker

    Not many directors can do this. I feel like Fincher is using his power to create his vision, which is good. For some reason though, it kinda feels like he's being a bit of a jerk in the situation.

    • Carlos.

      Just curious, doesn't any of this reminds you of Jobs reputation? Being a jerk almost always got Jobs what he wanted.

    • David Fincher

      Fincher has a long history of being a son-of-a-bitch to get what he wants. Normally this would make someone a jerk, but given that every time he's done this in the past he's wound up with an amazing film, he's no jerk. Many directors allow themselves to be swayed by decisions made by the studio, ever since the cluster**** that was Alien 3 Fincher doesn't allow this to happen to him, and it's sure as hell paid off.

      • seanfast

        wow david fincher! are you always so honest when you talk about yourself in the third person?

      • steve jobs

        The same could be said for Jobs…apple board of trade are a bunch of whiny dicks, you gotta be an jerk to get these kinds of people to give you what you want, and not screw with your vision…its business..

      • Henry P

        I don't care if he's a dickwad as long as he keeps churning out great films, Im ok with it. I'm hoping he'll make a superhero film in the future.

        • David Fincher

          The superhero genre needs a rest for a while. This endless stream of reboots and spin offs is exhausting. Captain America 2 isn't even out yet and they've greenlit how many sequels?

          Even if there is room for any originality in that genre studios will veer away from it because the formula they have right now is still turning in cash. It needs to die before any new life can be brought to it.

          Side note, I hope I, David Fincher, returns to direct the Dragon Tattoo sequels. He, I mean I, left such a mark on the first one, it would be a major let down to hand it to someone else.

          Now if you'll excuse me, I gotta go motorboat a girls boobs with my face.

  • http://www.ropeofsilicon.com/profile/Chris/ Chris

    Always thought Bale would be perfect for this role. I hope it happens because I loved the Fincher/Sorkin combo and if you throw Bale in there, you could have something really really special.

    • Henry P

      I love Bale. Incredible actor. But I can't really see him as Jobs. Purely facial features-wise though.

      I did love Kutchers portrayal. He really had the eyes of a man with a vision. Just with the eyes, he'll be hard to beat.

  • http://www.ropeofsilicon.com/profile/navaneethks/ navaneethks

    I am very excited about Fincher and Sorkin teaming up. Bale on the other hand? Not so much. I just don't see him blending into Jobs, I will be too aware it's Bale. I guess he could pull it off.

    • Xarnis

      Bale usually does a good job of being absorbed into his characters. He's one of the finest character actors around.

    • steve jobs

      Bale is a total chameleon, he shouldn't have any trouble..

  • http://www.silverscreenriot.com SmartFilm

    I think it's great. Talented directors ought to be able to command the studios every once in a while. Obviously getting Bale (especially for a film of this potential caliber) is only a matter of lump sums. If Fincher makes demands like this, the studio hopefully is forced to go to all means necessary to get Fincher what he wants.

  • Esteban J. Hernandez

    I'm as curious, people bound themselves, as to comparing this to the other movie featuring Ashton Kutcher? It ought reminding me as of as when as 'Wyatt Earp,' was as "ripped-off" from 'Tombstone.'

    • http://www.ropeofsilicon.com/profile/maja/ maja

      I don't think enough people actually saw the Kutcher version to enable any comparisons.

  • Quique Smith

    I think Fincher has a firm grasp mentally on what he wants to do with the film, so I don't care who he casts, as long as the end result is as promising as the treatment.

  • http://www.ropeofsilicon.com/profile/DArtagnan/ DArtagnan

    Does Bale want to do it though?

    • Silrian

      Luckily Bale is that actor with integrity who will genuinely not accept a role if he feels he's not up to it a 100%, even if it means rejecting Fincher.

      So if he accepts, I'm enormously excited to see this.

  • http://www.ropeofsilicon.com/profile/Newbourne/ Newbourne

    It's kind of ridiculous to put the studio in this kind of position. Now that Bale knows of the ultimatum, he can ask them for an absurd amount of money as he's got all the leverage. I'm a huge Fincher fan, but if I was the studio, I wouldn't play ball. If Bale asks for too much, drop them both and go with someone else. Fincher is fantastic, but he isn't the only great director around. I could easily see Bennett Miller doing wonders with this film.

    • Ryan

      I don't think it is stupid that he says the only actor he wants to work for in the part is Bale. If you can't trust other actors and the other actors dont have that trust, it wouldnt be a successful relationship. But I don't think anyone, not even Brad, says he is the only one to do it. That would be stupid to think only Fincher can pull this off. Miller would be a good choice.

  • thebioscopist

    From the hints that Sorkin dropped a year ago I was sure it would be Noah Wyle, but I guess Bale could work too....I wonder if Fincher wants him to loose the weight for the final days? He's done it before on The Machinist.

    • http://www.ropeofsilicon.com/ Brad Brevet

      Sorkin has already said he won't be dealing with Jobs' final days in the film. The film will be three 30-minute scenes, presented in real time, all before a product launch - "The first one being the Mac, the second one being NeXT after he had left Apple and the third one being the iPod." Click here for more.

  • disqus_v2ntlOJ5go

    Fincher is a jackass, plain and simple. You don't tell your boss what to do, if you want to do that then start your own studio. What a pretentious prick. Overrated as well.

    • TheEthicalMan

      Yeah, not so simple as that. Financiers aren't bosses.

    • seanfast

      yeah apparently you know nothing about how hollywood or the real world works. if you think every famous director is completely beholden to all the wishes of the studio, you're wrong.

      the people with the talent (not just the people with the money), get to call the shots sometimes too.

      fincher has the talent. he demands talented people to work with to bring a good product to his audience. the studio can always go somewhere else, but if they want fincher, they have to have bale. i dont see why this is so blasphemous and offensive to people. it's not like he's demanding his son get cast as the role in the movie he wrote...

      if you were hiring a contractor to build your deck, and he said ill build your deck, but i refuse to work with these materials you picked out. this deck will have my name on it, it will be built with my reputation on the line, and i only build decks with this type of wood and this type of nail and nothing else. if you dont like it, i respect that, but youll have to find another contractor. i stand behind my work and i only produce the best quality product when im using the best quality materials.

      if he said that i dont think youd be calling your contractor a pretentious prick, or a jackass. youd probably respect him more.

    • steve jobs

      is all directors acted like that, every single movie would be complete crap. Its the 'bosses' that your talking about that ruin writers, and directors visions not the other way around...

  • http://www.ropeofsilicon.com/profile/RonOnealFresh/ Ron Oneal Fresh

    Bale is a great actor, I just don't see Steve Jobs.

    • ClassicWingers

      Me either.

      I'm not really big on this project. I doubt there's anything in this film that I don't know already. And the plan for 3 acts basically revolving around 3 events isn't exactly giving me hope.

      Still, The Social Network was pretty great.

  • http://www.cinemaconfessions.com/ Gautam Anand

    I can see why Fincher wants Bale. Apart from a slight facial resemblance -- which can be further brought to resemble Jobs, knowing that Bale can undergo massive physical trnasformations -- he has the acting chops, and weirdly, Bale plays the geeky/nerdy characters to pitch perfection.

  • http://www.ropeofsilicon.com/profile/Kessler/ Kessler

    Fincher has made enough good films to prove that he deserves full creative control, but, going by the article, he may be overreacting just a tiny bit. I like Bale as much as the next guy, but it feels more like the obvious choice rather than the best choice. Still excited for the movie though.

  • http://www.ropeofsilicon.com/profile/Winchester/ Winchester

    In fairness I would have to say that being in the minority of not finding 'The Social Network' stunning, that I don't actually have any automatic excitement about the project about Steve Jobs. But then I've never had any interest in Steve Jobs.

    Long story cut short - I think it would be amusing to see his ultimatum fail if either Bale said 'No' or the studio decided not to pay a bloated fee because Bale thought he then had leverage to ask for a blank cheque.

  • andyluvsfilms

    Why another Jobs biopic? i already know of two out there. As for your question, i wonder how he'd feel if an actor made similar demands on him?

    • Xarnis

      The plot description makes it seem like an unconventional biopic - with the term being used loosely. It's supposed comprised of three 30 minute scenes before new product launches

      • andyluvsfilms

        Makes it more interesting i guess and i like Bale in 50% of the movies he's in.

  • http://www.ropeofsilicon.com/profile/Akd/ Akd

    Nolan, Malick, Spielberg, Cameron, Scorsese can all do this and I would definitely put Fincher amongst their ranks.

  • http://www.ropeofsilicon.com/profile/maja/ maja

    Great stuff - I think Bale would be a great casting decision. It's good when good directors have power to make their vision come true.

  • Silrian

    Wow, I'd never have come up with Bale for this role.

    If Fincher knows what he's doing (which he usually does), this could be great.

  • adu

    More power to him I say...with the amazing career Fincher has had, I say he can pull punches like that :)...what an awesome trio that would make!

  • literatebrit

    Hmmm...sounds interesting. I don't doubt that Christian Bale could pull it off but I'm interested in the structure. If it's going to be 3 "real time" events then I am kind of skeptical. I'm also curious as to what new ground he can cover. There's been at least 2 Steve Jobs movies that I can think of (granted, Pirates of Silicon Valley was a TV movie, but still) and I feel like we already know everything there is to know.

  • Sp00nz

    Fuck Steve Jobs.

    • Frosty72

      No, Fuck Sp00nz

      • Sp00nz

        Aww. U mad?

    • seanfast

      more people may feel this way after seeing a movie aaron sorkin writes

      • Sp00nz

        I hope so. Steve Jobs deserves no praise.

  • BenTheGuy

    Bale would be great, but why Sorkin? We'll get ridiculous fast talking dialogue that is completely unrealistic. People in real life simply do not talk like Sorkin's characters. Since this is a biography, seems like realism as opposed to Sorkin's fantasies, would be a better goal.

    • Frosty72

      "People in real life simply do not talk like Sorkin's characters."
      In reality, this is actually a shame.

      I'm looking forward to seeing a good movie with artful dialog, not a documentary or an Unsolved Mysteries recreation.

      • BenTheGuy

        Yeah, who wants a biography that's based on reality? Much better to just make stuff up instead.

  • WiseFundManager

    I hope it'll be better than that hack movie with Kutcher

  • WiseFundManager

    Noah Wyle was the best Jobs ever...go watch pirates of silicon valley...no need for another reboot!

  • James

    None of you heard the recording of Bale chew out that guy on the set of Terminator? How do you think Steve Jobs talked to his project teams?

  • http://www.ropeofsilicon.com/profile/azjoker1/ azjoker1

    I would love to see one of my favorite actors play one of the most inspirational and interesting people of our time. I wanted to like the Kutcher movie but it just was a mess and it was really mediocre. I can't wait for this one already and I'll be even more excited if Bale plays Steve Jobs. I can honestly see him winning a Best Actor for it.

  • Jim Larimore

    Anyone who got screwed over as badly as Fincher did by studio heads on Alien 3, gets to do whatever he wants to studio heads for the rest of his career.

  • Carlos.

    Jonah Hill for Steve Wozniak, anyone? No? Okay...

  • Darkness Dragon

    Anyone sharing my last name universally has the last word on something (unless they contradict me). So, bring Bale in or GTFO.

    • seanfast

      Directed by David Dragon?

      • Darkness Dragon

        >,> *slap*

  • TheOneWhoKnocks

    Here's hoping Bale doesn't threaten to trash Fincher's lighting.

  • Fantastic Mr Hank

    Smart move, Bale makes everything better...

  • Henry P

    Fincher directing, Sorking writing and Bale acting. I see no issues here. Though I can't really see the Bale-Jobs likeness. When you're doing a biopic, you usually want the actor/tress to look like the person they're portraying. But then again, Bale is a chameleon, I have nothing but faith for this so far.

  • Yare Time

    And Jackie Chan as Apple China factory worker. Or else i don't want it.

  • bobo

    Perhaps Fincher doesn't want this movie, and the Bale demand is his way out.

    And I'm not sure Bale would want the role after Kutcher defined it. LOL.

  • Jay Louis

    I can think of nothing more fascinating than the story of an overblown narcissist inventing overpriced hipster computer products made by Chinese slaves. I can only hope it lives up to the Ashton Kutcher version.