Sony is said to be on the verge of dropping the much discussed Steve Jobs movie.
Sony Pictures picked up the rights to the film based on Walter Isaacson’s best-selling autobiography shortly after Jobs’s death in 2011.
However, a new report from Variety claims that Sony Pictures has now dropped the picture, with no reasons provided.
It doesn’t appear to be the end for this high-profile project, though. The report goes on to claim that Universal is in line to make a deal for the film.
The film was to be written by Aaron Sorkin and directed by Britain’s own Danny Boyle. The latest word on casting suggested that Michael Fassbender had been earmarked for the title role of Steve Jobs after Christian Bale dropped out.
Meanwhile it’s been claimed that Seth Rogen is in talks to play Apple co-founder Steve Wozniak.
That’s quite a stellar line-up, all things told, so it’s curious that Sony has decided to drop the project – particularly with Apple’s cultural (and literal) stock continuing to be so high following the successful iPhone 6 launch.
While we’ve already seen a Steve Jobs film in recent years – last year’s Jobs saw Aston Kutcher playing the tech titan in straight-up biopic fashion – this was to be a unique take on Jobs’s life.
According to Sorkin, the film would have been divided into three long scenes, each taking place around a major Apple product launch. It has also been revealed that Jobs’s daughter Lisa was to be the story’s hero.
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