How do you follow the success of an Academy Award win? The answer is simple: Do what the Coen Brothers do. After receiving the Best Original Screenplay Oscar for Fargo, Joel and Ethan Coen made The Big Lebowski, a film that had nearly nothing in common with their last film, aside from involving Steve Buscemi and kidnapping. Or consider that after receiving Best Picture for the intense thriller No Country for Old Men, they immediately made the comedy Burn After Reading.
The point is that Bale must approach his career in the same way as the Coens. It’s time for a game changer. Something light, comedic, and goofy. Something entirely unlike the somber, tear-jerking, “based on a true story” The Fighter. More specifically: a long-awaited sequel to the 1994 Disney live-action family film, Blank Check. That’s right. It’s time for pre-production to begin on Blank Check 2: Checks and Balances.