Michael De Luca

Why Sony's Steve Jobs movie fell apart

Why Sony's Steve Jobs movie fell apart

At the end of October, Christian Bale decided not to take on the role of Steve Jobs. For at least several weeks, he had been attached to a biopic that Sony was developing with writer Aaron Sorkin and director Danny Boyle. But despite liking both mens' vision for the film, Bale couldn't get a fix on the part, according to his agent, and communicated that he was opting out.

Bale’s choice shouldn’t have been fatal. Though the Oscar winner came with plenty of bona fides, the Jobs picture has long been a priority for Sony, and there were presumably plenty of top actors who craved this kind of juicy role. This should have been an easy fix.

Yet barely three weeks later, producer...