Sony Drops Out of Steve Jobs Movie from Aaron Sorkin

Sony Drops Out of Steve Jobs
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Sony Pictures has surprisingly ditched its Steve Jobs project, putting the high-profile feature into turnaround.

The studio had no comment on the story.

An informed source said that Universal was likely to make a deal for the biopic.

In recent weeks, producers had set Michael Fassbender to star as the late Apple mogul after Christian Bale dropped out. Seth Rogen is also in talks to play Apple co-founder Steve Wozniak.

Based on Walter Isaacson’s biography “Steve Jobs,” the real-life drama is directed by Oscar-winner Danny Boyle and adapted by Aaron Sorkin. Scott Rudin is producing “Jobs” alongside Mark Gordon and Guymon Casady.

It’s unclear why Sony decided to abandon the tech drama. The studio acquired rights to shortly after the mogul’s death in 2011.

Sorkin has publicly said the movie would be divided into three long scenes, each before one of Apple’s notorious product launches, and that Jobs’ daughter Lisa was the heroine of the film.

It’s not the first Steve Jobs movie Hollywood has produced since his death. Last year’s independently financed “Jobs” starred Ashton Kutcher as Jobs and Josh Gad as Wozniak earned a modest $36 million at the global box office.

Sorkin, Sony and Rudin last worked together on “Moneyball” after teaming on another technology drama:  2010’s “The Social Network” about Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg. That movie grossed over $220 million worldwide.

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  1. Linda B says:

    Christain Bale would have done a great job, but from what I understand, this new movie is to only trash Steve Jobs. People who knew him personally would not approve of the bashing. There are good and bad sides to everyone. Who are you to judge? The people who were scorned and rejected will, of course, say bad things. This new film will be shit.

  2. Matt says:

    It’s because BALE dropped out. Their demographic appeal went down once the studio lost Christian. So rather than take a risk on whether or not audiences would give another lead the same marketability.

  3. brad says:

    Sony is smart, they are already broke, and this movie is sure to bore audiences, the very tiny small audience that might pay to see it.

  4. Marvin says:

    This would be a boring movie anyway. Jobs is not an interesting person to me other than I enjoy seeing his little fits he would have when he got mad.

  5. Glenn C. says:

    Enough is enough! Overkill! How these studios love to milk it!

  6. When there is money issues, then rats leave a sinking ship. No rocket science in the movie business.

  7. Sammy says:

    Every one of these comments is asinine including mine.

  8. Cas says:

    It sounds like a VERY dopey movie.

  9. Dunstan says:

    As much as I like Sorkin’s writing, do we really need a second Steve Jobs film?

    • Just My Opinion says:

      Sorkin does tend to prattle on…and the answer to your question is No, we do not need a 2nd Jobs film. This project will probably end up at HBO or some such outlet.

  10. cadavra says:

    What happened? Did Amy read the script and decide it was too intelligent for the studio of Adam Sandler and “Resident Evil?”

  11. sherman o says:

    I won’t be holding my breath for this one to ever show up at the multiplex. DOA.

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