Despite Aaron Sorkin’s Steve Jobs movie being in the casting process and moving towards full fledged production, Sony Pictures has dropped the movie and put it „in turnaround“, which allows another large studio to purchase the movie and take over, reports Deadline. The report also notes that Universal Studios is the likely landing destination for the film.
In a shocking development, the Aaron Sorkin-scripted film about Apple genius Steve Jobs has been put in turnaround by Sony Pictures, and Universal Pictures is making a strong play for the movie. The film, an adaptation of the bestselling Walter Isaacson biography, has Slumdog Millionaire‘s Danny Boyle set to direct, with Michael Fassbender recently courted to play Jobs. The film is produced by Scott Rudin, Christian Colson, Mark Gordon and Guymon Casady.
It’s unknown why Sony Pictures, who has been developing the movie for two years, would drop the film as its about to wrap up casting and enter production, but Deadline reports that Universal Studios is keen on picking up the movie and may do so by tomorrow. It is rare for a well-known project to be dropped by a studio and made available for rival studios to purchase.
As reported by Deadline, the film is unlikely to lose any momentum if it’s picked up by Universal Studios, which suggests the movie will likely move forward with the filmmakers’ current plans.
Recently, Christian Bale also dropped out of the film because he reportedly feel he was not right for the part. X-Men: First Class actor Michael Fassbender has been rumored to be the frontrunner for the role with Sorkin saying that casting announcements are imminent.
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