FORTUNE -- Money and talent are no guarantee that a Hollywood movie won't stink. (See Ashton Kutcher's 'Jobs': What the critics are saying.)
And now, according to The Wrap, Fincher has found his Steve Jobs:
"Fincher recently met with Sony's Amy Pascal to discuss the possibility of directing the film, and told her, in no uncertain terms, that he'd only take the reins of the project if [Christian] Bale plays Jobs."
Bale is a versatile, body-sculpting actor who can play anything from Shakespeare to Disney. He's probably best known for his portrayal of Bruce Wayne in Christopher Nolan's Batman movies and for his 2013 role as the con-man with an elaborate comb-over in American Hustle, which earned him an Oscar nomination.
He's not a dead ringer for Apple's (AAPL) late co-founder, but he's probably close enough.
Google's $3.2 billion bid for Nest triggers a reevaluation of each company's raison d'être.
FORTUNE -- There's been a lot of commentary -- good and bad -- in the week since Google (GOOG) made its $3.2 billion bid for Tony Fadell's Nest Labs.
Fadell was best known, before he moved into WiFi-connected appliances, for running Apple's (AAPL) iPod division. So last week's news naturally led to a conversation about Apple and Google and what -- MOREPhilip Elmer-DeWitt - Jan 21, 2014 11:34 AM ET
Or at least the fact-checking part. It's an editorial experiment that could still go off the rails.
FORTUNE -- Walter Isaacson's biography of Apple's (AAPL) Steve Jobs was enjoying its sixth week at No. 1 on the New York Times' hardcover nonfiction bestseller list in December 2011 when Fortune's Adam Lashinsky asked him what he was going to do next.
The author of biographies of Henry Kissinger, Benjamin Franklin and Albert Einstein told the audience MOREPhilip Elmer-DeWitt - Dec 30, 2013 9:33 AM ET
Three journalism heavyweights weigh in.
By Kurt Wagner, reporter
FORTUNE -- In the mid-1990s, former Time Magazine editor Walter Isaacson committed what he now calls "the original sin." As the World Wide Web started to take off, Isaacson contemplated charging a small fee for readers to enjoy his publication's content online. "Instead, young advertising executives from Madison Avenue came rushing across Fifth Avenue to the Time and Life Building with bags MOREJul 24, 2013 7:56 PM ET
On July 24, Fortune hosted a panel at its Brainstorm Tech conference in Aspen, Colo. on the future of journalism with Harvard Shorenstein fellow John Huey, Columbia Journalism professor Martin Nisenholtz, Akamai Technologies executive chairman Paul Sagan, and The Aspen Institute's Walter Isaacson. Below is an unedited transcript of the conversation.
JESSI HEMPEL: So now we are thrilled to have returned to Aspen again for Brainstorm TECH this year, it's only MOREJul 24, 2013 3:59 PM ET
If you didn't already know about the Smithsonian's exhibit, you'd never find it
FORTUNE -- First you have to find which of the Smithsonian's 19 museums houses the Steve Jobs' exhibit that opened last week -- not an easy task for someone unfamiliar with the monumental geography of Washington D.C.
Then, once you locate the Ripley Center -- a tiny circular building, just to the right of the Institute's big red castle -- MOREPhilip Elmer-DeWitt - May 20, 2012 6:08 PM ET
Apple's CEO left the master of dysfunctional relationships a lot of material to work with
FORTUNE -- Viewers who have followed Aaron Sorkin's TV and film work over the years were delighted to learn Tuesday that one of Hollywood's most gifted screenwriters has officially signed on to adapt Walter Isaacson's biography of Steve Jobs for Sony Pictures' (SNE) film.
Sorkin is the master of romantic relationships that are painfully, hilariously dysfunctional. The MOREPhilip Elmer-DeWitt - May 16, 2012 11:35 AM ET
If it gets its way, the jury will hear no talk of Apple waging thermonuclear war on Android
FORTUNE -- FOSS Patents' Florian Mueller has been reading through the motions Apple (AAPL) and Samsung filed in advance of their upcoming patent trial in the Northern District of California and has come across a few interesting tidbits.
Both sides want to exclude some of the things that have been written about them.
Samsung doesn't want MOREPhilip Elmer-DeWitt - May 1, 2012 10:53 AM ET
The star of Twitter and TV sitcoms is doing a quick indie film, not the Sony biopic
The blogosphere lit up Sunday night with the news that Ashton Kutcher, star of Twitter and TV Sitcoms (That 70s Show, Two and a Half Men), had been signed to play the title role in Jobs, a film being described as the story of Steve Jobs' transformation from "wayward hippie" to co-founder of Apple MOREPhilip Elmer-DeWitt - Apr 2, 2012 5:47 AM ET
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We'll be speaking, along with Steve Jobs biographer Walter Isaacson, Apple (AAPL) co-founder Steve Wozniak, Fortune's Adam Lashinsky, Asymco's Horace Dediu, Bullish Cross's Andy Zaky, Posts at Eventide's Robert Paul Leitau, AAPLPain's Travis Lewis, The Street's Jason Schwarz and many more.
To register, click here.Philip Elmer-DeWitt - Mar 14, 2012 5:07 AM ET
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