#david fincher

Kim Masters:

Moving fast to replace David Fincher on its highly anticipated Steve Jobs movie, Sony Pictures is in talks with Danny Boyle to direct the biopic of the late Apple Computer co-founder. Boyle is said to have approached Leonardo DiCaprio to star.

Not as good as the Fincher/Christian Bale combo, but could be a lot worse.

Interestingly enough, Bale got his role in American Psycho when DiCaprio dropped out. (Though Bale was obviously never actually committed here, it was more of a perfect pipe dream.) And the last time Boyle and DiCaprio worked together was the movie DiCaprio made instead of American Psycho: The Beach.

Kim Masters:

A source with ties to the studio says Fincher potentially could re-enter negotiations but that the fee he is seeking is “ridiculous,” adding, “You’re not doing Transformers here. You’re not doing Captain America. This is quality — it’s not screaming commerciality. He should be rewarded in success but not up front.”

He apparently was asking for a $10 million up-front fee, as well as control over marketing. I say give it to him. Then get Christian Bale.

Jeff Sneider:

Oscar winner Christian Bale is David Fincher’s choice to play Steve Jobs in the untitled movie that Aaron Sorkin has written for Sony, an individual familiar with the project has told TheWrap.

While Steve Jobs is a long way from Batman, Bale has been considered a prime contender to play the tech superhero since the project was first announced due to his physical resemblance to the Apple co-founder.

Bale has not been approached to play Jobs yet, as the actor is taking a brief break from the business to spend time with his family since wrapping the role of Moses in Ridley Scott’s “Exodus.” The Biblical epic is expected to have Bale back in the awards conversation.

I would fully endorse this casting choice. Not only is there a physical resemblance, some might say there’s a similar temperament as well.

Rachel Dodes looks at the rise of texting onscreen in movies/television. In  House of Cards:

Executive producer David Fincher, who directed the first two episodes of the show, decided that he wanted the texts to appear almost as text bubbles with a pale blue or gray background, depending on who was sending the message, as opposed to showing close-ups of phones. After he proposed the caption idea, Mr. Willimon showed him some clips from “Sherlock,” which depicts texts on screen as white subtitles in a Helvetica font, and asked “Is this what you had in mind?” Mr. Fincher “was a bit bummed that it had been done before,” he says. “But good ideas are good ideas.”

Indeed. I really liked the way texting was handled in House of Cards, right down to the iOS-like details.