HOLLYWOOD – After backing out of Danny Boyle’s Steve Jobs movie, Christian Bale has surprised everyone by signing up for Len Wiseman’s surprise Bill Gates biopic.
Tentatively titled Broken Windows, the script has been written by Judge Dredd scribe Alex Garland and is currently scheduled for a 2016 release.
“A lot of people think they know Bill Gates,” said Garland:
They think he’s the computer geek, the philanthropist or the salesman but few people talk about the years he spent as a CIA assassin in El Salvador.
Bale is currently preparing for the role by only using the Windows 95 operating system until he finishes filming.
“It’s a little frustrating,” said Bale:
I’ll admit that I’ve smashed up a few laptops in the last few weeks. Just the other day I spent two hours trying to send an e-mail and I just snapped. Next thing I know I’m in the back garden pounding my hard drive with a sledgehammer but I have no memory of how I got there. All I can say is that I’m just glad it wasn’t a human being, again.
Bale said he was due to fly out to meet Gates in a couple of days to discuss the role:
Bill is currently in the Peruvian jungle fighting a guerrilla war against against a local drug cartel. They’re going to chopper me right into the action and I can’t wait. I’ve always wanted to kill people… lots and lots and lots of people.
Now if you’ll excuse me, I have to return some videotapes.
BROKEN WINDOWS IS DUE FOR RELEASE IN 2016.