Hack of Sony Pictures reveals issues with Jobs biopic; film to be made by Universal

Hack of Sony Pictures reveals issues with Jobs biopic; film to be made by Universal
The recent hack into Sony's computer files revealed the typical Hollywood infighting that ended up costing the studio the opportunity to make the Steve Jobs biography film. Based on the book by Walter Isaacson, and featuring a screenplay by Aaron Sorkin, the movie finally appears ready to move ahead with Michael Fassbender as Steve Jobs, and Seth Rogen as Steve Wozniak. Universal Pictures paid $30 million to take over the production from Sony.

Interestingly, emails that were leaked thanks to the recent hacking of Sony, reveal that Sony Pictures co-chairman Amy Pascal knows the real reason why Christian Bale dropped out of the project. Bale was tapped to play Jobs, but the actor was doing research and couldn't figure out how to do the part. Meanwhile, Sorkin was pushing for Tom Cruise to play the late Apple co-founder. But at 52, Cruise was considered too old by Director Danny Boyle, to portray the early Jobs. Another actor who was pitched the role, Matthew McConaughey, was eventually shot down due to his age. Actress Scarlett Johansson has recently thrown her hat in the ring, seeking a role in the film. However, CAA talent agent Bryan Lourd said that the actress was having trouble opening an electronic version of the script.

Rumors that the movie will be shot in three acts, featuring Steve Jobs backstage before major product announcements for the Mac, NeXT and the Apple iPod, were basically confirmed. A leaked email from screenwriter Sorkin said that filming will take place in "two auditoriums, a restaurant and a garage." The garage is obviously a reference to Steve Jobs' garage, where Apple originally started. Last week, Steve Wozniak called that a myth, stating that the Apple I was built at his desk at Hewlett Packard. In the email, Sorkin had references to Symphony Hall in San Francisco. That is where Steve Jobs introduced NeXT, the company eventually purchased by Apple, allowing Jobs a way back inside Apple.

There already is a lot of pressure on the production, considering how poorly the Ashton Kutcher vehicle Jobs fared at the box office.

source: Bloomberg

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14 Comments

1. cheetah2k

Posts: 2228; Member since: Jan 16, 2011

Seriously, does anyone really care about Jobs?

7. engineer-1701d unregistered

nope no one that's why this will flop like ashton one and like gs5

2. ManusImperceptus

Posts: 724; Member since: Jun 10, 2014

Bad taste to write an article summarizing the results of a hack, basically showing support to an illegal activity...

4. cncrim

Posts: 1586; Member since: Aug 15, 2011

Dude, so many people misunderstand the meaning of "hack/hacking" 95% of the time when you read thew news or watching TV you heard someone is hack to this to that cooperation. Matter of fact is we are hacking all the time and usually it is benifit all of us, hacking is not illegal. The person doing the hacking intent is define illegal or legal.

3. Tritinum

Posts: 471; Member since: May 06, 2014

Are they not obsessing over Steve Jobs since forever now, get over him already American media.

5. Settings

Posts: 2943; Member since: Jul 02, 2014

Im more interested in filming Dennis Richie's life than of Jobs'. Jobs and Ritchie is overrated and underrated respectively.

13. Stuntman

Posts: 843; Member since: Aug 01, 2011

There a movie about Alan Turing coming out. I'm interested in that.

6. Tritinum

Posts: 471; Member since: May 06, 2014

I want a Bill Gates movie, we already have Jobs

8. mercorp

Posts: 1045; Member since: Jan 28, 2012

Or was it because they were making a film homaging to a competitor?

10. VZWuser76

Posts: 4974; Member since: Mar 04, 2010

Considering they sell their camera sensors to Apple, I doubt they'd have any problem making more money off them.

9. dimas

Posts: 3347; Member since: Jul 22, 2014

This will go down as the most useless hacking done in history.

11. Doakie

Posts: 2478; Member since: May 06, 2009

That reminds me I never finished that Biography. I think I got bored right around the iPod development era and never reopened that epub. Dang it's been a couple years...

12. Planterz

Posts: 2120; Member since: Apr 30, 2012

F*ck Steve Jobs.

14. steodoreben

Posts: 379; Member since: Sep 26, 2013

Who the hell initiated Steve Jobs films? He's not a God.

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