Quoting the ever-popular “individual with knowledge of the deal,” The Wrap says Universal Pictures has picked up the Aaron Sorkin penned Steve Jobs film, after it was dropped by Sony Pictures last week. The entertainment site also says X-Men: First Class star Michael Fassbender will star as Jobs.
Sony dropped the deal last Wednesday, after it was in development there for two years. It is believed Sony dropped the film due to its shooting schedule. Director Danny Boyle hoped to start shooting the flick in January 2015, when Fassbender would be available. Sony wanted to begin shooting later next year, which would have conflicted with Fassbender’s shooting of X-Men: Apocalypse.
Fassbender has been the leading candidate for the role of Steve Jobs ever since Christian Bale dropped out of the project. Actors Jessica Chastain and Seth Rogen have been mentioned as potential co-stars with Fassbender, with Rogen said to be in the running for the role of Apple co-founder Steve Wozniak.
The film is said to focus on three 30-minute scenes showing Jobs backstage before the announcements for the Mac, NeXT, and the iPod.