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Steve Jobs Movie Picked Up by Universal

Universal Studios has picked up the Steve Jobs movie project, less than a week after Sony put the high-profile feature into turnaround.

Producers recently 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.

Universal was widely expected to take over the project.

Sony decided to abandon the tech drama on Nov. 19. The studio, which acquired rights to Isaacson’s book shortly after the mogul’s death in 2011, has not explained why it pulled out.

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.

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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