Benedict Cumberbatch might be taking all the attention right now for his portrayal of the mathematical genius Alan Turing in The Imitation Game, but it looks as if another British actor is eyeing up a technical biopic of a more modern sort.
It’s been reported in Variety that Christian Bale is in talks to take the lead role in Jobs, the story of Steve Jobs and Apple computers. It’s based on Walter Isaacson’s eponymous biography from 2011, and will be directed by the great Danny Boyle.
Best of all, the movie will be written by Aaron Sorkin, who knows a thing or two about making computer creatives dramatic, having done a sterling job with The Social Network.
Aaron has already described how the movie will be divided into three sections, each one taking place just before Apple launches one of their breakthrough technological devices.
He told the Daily Beast: “This entire movie is going to be three scenes, and three scenes only, that all take place in real time.”
He continued: “A half hour for you in the audience is the same as a half hour for the character on the screen. There will be no time cuts. Each of these three scenes is going to take place before a product launch—backstage before a product launch. The first one being the Mac, the second one being NeXT [the computer company he formed after he had left Apple], and the third one being the iPod.”
He also revealed a certain nervousness about creating a fictional version of someone that many people feel a personal bond with: “One of the hesitations I had in taking on the movie was that it’s a little like writing about The Beatles. There are so many people out there who know so much about him and who revere him. I saw a minefield of disappointment.”
And y’know who’d be good to get you out of a minefield? Batman.
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