Christian Bale 'is' Steve Jobs: Magical movie inbound

All we ask is that it's better than the last Jobs movie

Christian Bale is to play Steve Jobs in Sony's 'official' biographical movie, sources say. The story of the Apple co-founder is based on Walter Isaacson's controversial book.

The lineup of talent looks good, so here's hoping for some magical Saturday-night entertainment.

In IT Blogwatch, bloggers ready the popcorn.

Your humble blogwatcher curated these bloggy bits for your entertainment.

srsly? Bale??? Justin Kroll says sources "confirm" it:

Oscar-winner Christian Bale, who has played Batman and Moses, is about to take on another iconic figure [in] “Jobs,” Sony’s biopic about the late Apple co-founder. Based on Walter Isaacson’s biography [it] is directed by Danny Boyle and written by Aaron Sorkin.

Sorkin has publicly said the movie will be divided into three long scenes, each taking place backstage before one of Apple’s famous product launches. ... Leonardo DiCaprio had been circling the role but eventually passed to take time off. ... Insiders say Bale would likely shoot “Jobs” in the spring.  MORE

Christian who? Aldrin Calimlim obliges:

Christian Bale, the star of “The Dark Knight Trilogy” and the upcoming “Exodus: Gods and Kings.”

It’s unclear if the movie is indeed officially called “Jobs,” which is more than likely to cause confusion with last year’s similarly titled Steve Jobs biopic starring Ashton Kutcher. [But it] is based on “Steve Jobs,” the bestselling biography written at the request of Jobs.

[Writer] Aaron Sorkin...won an Oscar in 2011 for the screenplay of “The Social Network.” [Director] Danny Boyle...won an Oscar in 2009 for directing “Slumdog Millionaire.” [Christian] Bale...won an Oscar in 2011 for his supporting role in “The Fighter.”  MORE

Sean Hollister summarizes:

In other words, it's shaping up to be a class act. Maybe it'll be enough to wash away memories of that other Jobs film.  MORE

Oh yeah, I dimly remember that. Juli Clover fills in the blanks:

Ashton Kutcher famously starred as Steve Jobs in the "JOBS" movie that focused on the former Apple CEO's younger years, but the Sony film will be quite different.  MORE

But derss is 'literally' unimpressed:

Bale is not real issue of this film, the source material is. ... Isaacson intentionally chose to make a cardboard “evil genius” caricature of Jobs, because such contrasting image is more scandalous and it sells better.

Instead of making honest biography Isaacson has left out tens of stories of Jobs’ humanity, he literally stripped him away of it. ... Jobs’ widow had to release statement correcting Isaacson’s manipulation...(Isaacson has tried to portray Jobs as insane).

I honestly would not to be the screenwriter here.  MORE

Meanwhile, Mark Gurman cuts to the chase:


Update: Chris Agar sounds optimistic:

There’s strong reason to believe that the second time will be the charm. Boyle is a talented filmmaker, having won a Best Directing Oscar [and] two additional nominations. ... Bale is somewhat picky with his acting choices, and if he feels the project is of high quality, that bodes well.

Also, this new movie has generated a ton of buzz for its concept alone. ... Sorkin’s script bucks conventional film trends by telling its story in...30-minute scenes detailing the launch of the first Macintosh...the NeXT...and the first iPod.

As for how Bale’s...performance as Jobs might go, [we] expect nothing but the best from him. A true craftsman and chameleon, his method style of acting allows him to become the characters he is portraying, and he has changed his body weight, mannerisms, and accents...a trick that earned him an Oscar in 2010′s The Fighter. ... Bale’s history has shown he’ll strive to physically resemble Jobs as closely as possible.  MORE


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