Sony Drops Steve Jobs Biopic Scripted by Aaron Sorkin; Universal Likely to Acquire Project

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Aaron Sorkin‘s Steve Jobs biopic script has attracted a lot of attention from the likes of David Fincher, Leonardo DiCaprio, Christian Bale, Seth Rogen, Jessica Chastain, and most recently Michael Fassbender.  Yet even with Oscar winner Danny Boyle on board to direct, Sony apparently had too much trouble trying to get the project off the ground. In a surprising development, Sony has ceased development put the project into turnaround.

Sony briefly shopped the project around and immediately found a buyer in Universal. More after the jump.

Aaron Sorkin Talks Steve Jobs Biopic; Says Jobs’ Daughter Lisa “Is the Heroine of the Movie”

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Danny Boyle‘s untitled Steve Jobs movie is still looking to land a lead actor (after moving through Leonardo DiCaprio and Christian Bale, the production is now trying to get Michael Fassbender to play the late Apple co-founder), but screenwriter Aaron Sorkin is still enthusiastic about the project, and had more to say about it while doing the press rounds for the final season of The Newsroom.   Speaking to The Independent, he revealed that the screenplay is 181 pages (since a single script page usually equals a minute of screentime, this movie is currently running around three hours), and about 100 of those pages is Steve Jobs.

However, this movie will go beyond just the Apple CEO and also look at his relationship with his daughter, Lisa Brennan-Jobs.  Hit the jump for more.

Michael Fassbender Might Play Steve Jobs in Danny Boyle’s Untitled Biopic

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The hunt for an actor to play Steve Jobs continues.  Yesterday, Christian Bale dropped out of playing the Apple boss in Danny Boyle‘s untitled biopic.  Screenwriter Aaron Sorkin previously said Bale was going to “crush” the role, but the crushing will now have to be done by someone else.  Deadline reports that Michael Fassbender is being eyed to play the lead role, but Variety is definitively saying the Oscar-nominated actor is in early talks for the gig.  Variety also reports that Seth Rogen has gone from being eyed to play Apple co-founder Steve Wozniak to active negotiations.  The big hook for the film is that it’s only three scenes, and each one takes place before the launch of a major Apple product: the Mac, the NeXT, and the iPod.

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Christian Bale Drops Out of Steve Jobs Biopic

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Sony’s Steve Jobs biopic has lost its star once again.  A couple of months ago, Leonardo DiCaprio was being eyed to take on the role of Apple founder Steve Jobs in Sony’s Aaron Sorkin-scripted feature.  While it took the studio a while to find a director (David Fincher briefly flirted with the gig), they finally signed Danny Boyle to the project, and it was looking like a reteaming with his The Beach star was in the cards.  DiCaprio never entered formal negotiations to take on the part, and he subsequently left the project, deciding that it would be cutting it too close to finish working on the drama The Revenant and move right into the ambitious role of Steve Jobs.  Quickly, though, the part came back around to Christian Bale, who was previously Fincher’s choice for the part.

Just over a week ago, Sorkin “confirmed” Bale’s casting and noted that the actor was going to crush the role.  Unfortunately, Bale has now decided to back out of the project as well.  More after the jump.

Seth Rogen Eyed to Play Steve Wozniak Opposite Christian Bale’s Steve Jobs; Jessica Chastain Sought for Role

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With Christian Bale now firmed up to play Steve Jobs in director Danny Boyle’s (Slumdog Millionaire) biopic for Sony, the rest of the cast is starting to come together.  Aaron Sorkin’s script for the film is not your traditional biopic, and instead is comprised of three long scenes that revolve around three major product launches: the Mac in 1984, the NeXT in 1996, and the iPod in 2001.  While Bale’s Jobs will no doubt be the central focus of the film, it appears that Apple co-founder Steve Wozniak also figures into some of these scenes, as word comes that none other than Seth Rogen may take on the role of Wozniak in the film.  More after the jump.

Aaron Sorkin Confirms Christian Bale Will Play Steve Jobs in Untitled Biopic; “He’s Gonna Crush It”

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Last week, we reported that Christian Bale was in talks to replace Leonardo DiCaprio in Danny Boyle‘s untitled Steve Jobs movie.  Written by Aaron Sorkin, the script will drastically differ from not only 2013′s Jobs, but all other biopics as the movie is only three scenes, all of which take place backstage before a famous Apple product launch.

In an interview with Bloomberg [via Variety], Sorkin has confirmed that Bale will play Jobs.  “We needed the best actor on the board in a certain age range and that’s Chris Bale,” he said. “It’s an extremely difficult part and he’s gonna crush it.”  Sorkin also says, “There was a meeting. The role is an extremely difficult role; he has more words to say in this movie than most people have in three movies combined. There isn’t a scene or frame that he’s not in.”  I like the part about having more words in this movie than in three movies combined because it implies only Bale has the power to master Sorkin’s verbosity.  I assume in this movie, Jobs is the cleverest, funniest, sharpest, and most erudite person on the planet.  Hit the jump to watch Sorkin’s interview with Bloomberg.

Christian Bale in Talks to Play Steve Jobs for Director Danny Boyle; Will Delay DEEP BLUE GOOD-BY

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It appears that the first actor that was mentioned in connection with Sony’s Steve Jobs biopic may be the one that comes away with the role.  David Fincher was initially flirting with the idea of reteaming with screenwriter Aaron Sorkin on the project, but the filmmaker would reportedly only sign on if Christian Bale played the genius innovator.  Fincher’s deal with Sony never materialized and he walked away from the project, with Oscar-winning Slumdog Millionaire helmer Danny Boyle subsequently signing on to direct.  Another reteaming started to bubble as Leonardo DiCaprio considered signing on to the project, but we recently learned that he opted to depart due to the short amount of time he would have to prepare after wrapping The Revenant.

While names like Ben Affleck and Matt Damon were mentioned as possible replacements, things have come full circle as Bale is currently in negotiations to take on the role.  More after the jump.

Leonardo DiCaprio Exits Steve Jobs Biopic; Wishlist Now Includes Ben Affleck and Matt Damon

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It appears that Leonardo DiCaprio and his The Beach director Danny Boyle won’t be reteaming after all.  It had looked like the duo might be working together again on Sony’s Steve Jobs biopic, as news broke earlier this year that DiCaprio was being eyed to star as Boyle entered the director’s chair.  The project has been a high priority for Sony since they received Aaron Sorkin’s script, and early on they entered preliminary conversations with David Fincher about taking the helm.  That prospect didn’t work out and Boyle subsequently signed on, and the hope was that this would be DiCaprio’s next project after he wraps The Revenant with director Alejandro González Iñárritu.  However, word comes today that DiCaprio has opted to bow out of the project altogether.  More after the jump.

Danny Boyle in Talks to Direct Steve Jobs Biopic; Leonardo DiCaprio Eyed to Star

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Sony Pictures is wasting no time in finding a new director for its high-profile Steve Jobs biopic.  The film initially looked to be a Social Network reunion, as David Fincher circled the Aaron Sorkin-penned project for a bit before falling off when Sony balked at his stipulations for directing.  Now, a mere week later, Danny Boyle has entered the conversation, and the Slumdog Millionaire filmmaker is eyeing the project as a potential The Beach reunion with Leonardo DiCaprio as his top choice to take on the leading role.  More after the jump.

David Fincher Exits Steve Jobs Biopic after Sony Balks at Demands

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David Fincher reteaming with his Oscar-winning The Social Network scribe Aaron Sorkin for an ambitious, non-traditional biopic of visionary Steve Jobs almost seemed too good to be true—and now perhaps it is.  We learned in February that Fincher had entered talks with Sony Pictures to direct the studio’s Steve Jobs film based on a screenplay by Sorkin, but now word comes that Fincher has dropped out of negotiations after Sony balked at the filmmaker’s request for a $10 million payday up front as well as control over the film’s marketing.  Hit the jump to read on.

David Fincher Will Only Direct Steve Jobs Biopic if Christian Bale Stars

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A few weeks ago, we reported that David Fincher was considering reteaming with Aaron Sorkin to direct the screenwriter’s untitled Steve Jobs biopic.  The screenplay has an interesting hook in that it’s only three, 30-minute scenes.  Each scene is based at turning point in Jobs’ career: the Mac, NeXT, and the iPod.  Fincher and Sorkin were a terrific pairing for The Social Network, and presumably they’d be a good fit for another story about an influential, aloof titan of technology.  So what’s the issue?  It turns out Fincher has one hefty condition for taking the job.

He only wants Christian Bale to play Steve Jobs.  Hit the jump for more.

David Fincher in Talks to Direct Steve Jobs Biopic Written by Aaron Sorkin

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The last time director David Fincher and screenwriter Aaron Sorkin teamed up to tell the story of a prickly tech pioneer the results were impressive to say the least.  Now The Social Network duo might be turning their attention from Mark Zuckerberg to Steve Jobs.  A couple years ago, Sorkin signed on to write a screenplay on Jobs’ official biography, Steve Jobs.  However, unlike the silly Jobs starring Ashton Kutcher, Sorkin had a unique take on the material by writing it in the form of three, 30-minute scenes.  It’s a bold, simple design that the late Apple founder probably could have appreciated.

And now Fincher might be coming on board to direct.  Hit the jump for more.

Aaron Sorkin Reveals Unique Story Structure for Steve Jobs Biopic; Film Will Be Made Up of Three 30-Minute Scenes [Updated with Video]

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Much interest has surrounded Sony’s biopic of the late innovator Steve Jobs, but it now looks like we have a clear idea of what to expect when the film eventually hits theaters.  The Oscar-winning The Social Network scribe Aaron Sorkin has been tasked with crafting the screenplay for the adaptation of Walter Isaacson’s biography Steve Jobs, and he previously revealed that his film won’t be a straight biography “because it’s very difficult to shake the cradle-to-grave structure of a biography.”

Many assumed the eschewing of the cradle-to-grave structure meant that Sorkin’s film would focus on a short period of time in Jobs’ life, but now the West Wing creator has revealed that he’s got something wholly unique in mind for the film’s structure: three 30-minute scenes that will play out in real time.  Hit the jump for more. [Update: We've updated the article with video of Sorkin talking about the film.]

Set Photos: First Look at Leonardo DiCaprio in Martin Scorsese’s THE WOLF OF WALL STREET and More Ashton Kutcher as Steve Jobs in JOBS

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New images from the respective sets of Martin Scorsese‘s The Wolf of Wall Street and Joshua Michael Stern‘s (Swing Vote) jOBS have found their way online. The Wolf images give us our first look at Leonardo DiCaprio in his turn as Jordan Belfort, a former financial rock star of sorts whose own memoir of the same name is the basis for the film. While we’ve already seen pics of Ashton Kutcher doing his best Steve Jobs impersonation while wearing a turtleneck and on LSD, today’s images give us a better idea of how well he can pull of the “button-up, cardigan, sweater vest” look.

Check out the images after the jump. The Wolf of Wall Street is aiming for a 2013 release and also stars Matthew McConaughey, Jon Favreau, and Jon Bernthal (The Walking Dead). jOBS co-stars Dermot Mulroney, Josh Gad, Matthew Modine, Ahna O’Reilly, and Lukas Haas while also staring down an unspecified 2013 release.

Casting Call: James Marsden Joins 2 GUNS, James Woods and Ron Eldard Board JOBS

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Here are some recent casting additions at a glance with more information after the jump:

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