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Sony Drops Danny Boyle's Steve Jobs Film, Universal Picks Up Pieces

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November 19, 2014
Source: Deadline

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There's no doubt that Sony Pictures has had some trouble getting the latest Steve Jobs biopic off the ground with David Fincher once in talks to direct, only to fall away and have it land in the hands of Slumdog Millionaire director Danny Boyle. Then, things seemed to look up when the leading man that Fincher originally wanted, Christian Bale, circled back around to the project. However, Bale has since left the film as well, with Michael Fassbender being the top contender to take the role, though no deal is in place. But now, it won't be Sony's problem anymore as Deadline reports the studio has dropped the film. Read on!

However, the good news is that this doesn't mean the script from The Social Network scribe Aaron Sorkin will just sit on a shelf. Universal Pictures is already in the midst of locking down a deal to pick up the abandoned project, and they've basically already given it a greenlight. The deal is expected to close tomorrow, and producers are hoping the film doesn't lose any steam. But the question remains as to who will end up taking the lead role of the Apple co-founder, and if previously named co-star Seth Rogen will stay on board the film if Fassbender does end up with the part. Stay tuned to see how it all shakes out.

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  • Chris Groves
    Universal picked up Dumb and Dumber To when WB/New Line passed on it, and that seemed to work out...I wouldn't be shocked if they were able to pull out a financial or critical 'win' with this film, too.
  • DAVIDPD
    It is a shame, but I think it can definitely still come together to form something excellent.
  • Big R
    Why did Bale drop out of this? I wonder why things like this happen, especially after he agree to do it.
  • Rock n Rollllll
    Meh. Just leave it alone then.
  • One iMovie is enough really, funny grumpy hippy.
  • OfficialJab
    Man I JUST bought the last one, now they're comin out with another one already??
    • Rock n Rollllll
      Eek cant believe you actually bought that last one. Initially i was hoping for a new one with Fincher at the helm and Bale for the part cause the latest Jobs movie was not very good at all i thought. And now it looks like this has shifted into a debacle so no longer care for it.
      • Bo
        Yea, I'm in agreement with you here. Fincher and Bale with Sorkin would have been interesting. Although, the problem might be with the structure of only three 30 minute scenes all taking place back stage. Something stinks on this one as too many are bailing out. I was interested with Fincher involved, but lost that when he left and Boyle came on. Now way for me with that change.
      • OfficialJab
        The idea being that it's just like an Apple product, there's always a new Jobs movie coming out. I didn't actually buy the last one, idgaf about Steve Jobs.

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