Universal could end up with Steve Jobs biopic as Sony drops out

Universal could end up with Steve Jobs biopic as Sony drops out
With no one signed yet to play the lead, Sony Pictures has decided to drop out of the expected Steve Jobs film written by Aaron Sorkin. Originally expected to star Leonardo DiCaprio, the Titanic star dropped out leaving Christian Bale as the favorite to portray the enigmatic Apple co-founder. But Bale also pulled out of the movie, leaving Michael Fassbender as the most recent name linked to the role. Seth Rogen is rumored to play Apple co-founder Steve Wozniak.

Sony had purchased the movie rights to Walter Isaacson's book about Steve Jobs after the Apple CEO passed away in 2011. With Sony out of the picture, Universal is rumored to be interested in the project. The movie is said to show Jobs backstage before three major media events that were turning points in his life. The first event is the unveiling of the Mac. The second is a media event dealing with Apple's purchase of NeXT Computer, which is how Steve Jobs returned to Apple after his forced departure from the company he built. The third and last act shows Jobs backstage before the introduction of the Apple iPod. Just recently it was revealed that Jobs' daughter Lisa will be one of the major characters in the film.

Last year, the Ashton Kutcher vehicle Jobs hit the silver screen and was a bomb. With Sorkin writing the script, and a huge budget behind it, there are much higher hopes for this movie. But now that Sony has pulled out, it might take a big name like Universal to soothe the nerves of those involved. With DiCaprio, Bale, and now Sony all deciding against participating in the biography, there could be some problems behind the scenes that are making it hard for major players to commit to the picture.

source: Dateline, Variety via AppleInsider

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7 Comments

1. Nathillien unregistered

We already have one Jobs movie too much.

5. pwnarena

Posts: 1129; Member since: Feb 15, 2013

it's a stupid idea to begin with. why would sony ever want to produce a film that will likely feature a lot of apple products? were they thinking of banking on that one small detail about Ive "getting inspiration from Sony design" and showing that iPhone supposedly influenced by Sony design? it's good they dropped it. they should stick to superhero movies and animations. they're easier to sell to viewers.

6. iushnt

Posts: 3122; Member since: Feb 06, 2013

U do know Sony Pictures make movies regardless to what Sony electronics is

7. roscuthiii

Posts: 2383; Member since: Jul 18, 2010

Well, the next time you watch an Apple Pictures movie/TV show (A.K.A. Disney and ABC - if in the US) take notice of how many iProducts are featured. Product placement is actually a big part of marketing... and marketing is really the number one mover of products.

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