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Because they think the picture won't make money. It's usually a smart move not to pay too much for an adult drama, much as I wish the studios would take more chances in this arena. Sony Pictures chief Amy Pascal has not given any reasons for why she passed on Danny Boyle's Steve Jobs biopic based on Walter Isaacson's official biography, published in 2011 right after the Apple chief succumbed to pancreatic cancer. Why is this project is so troubled? The studio: First, Sony nabbed the movie rights after Jobs' death in 2011 with in-house producer Scott Rudin, who had succeeded with screenwriter Aaron Sorkin on adapting Ben Mezrich's Facebook saga "The Social Network" with Sony and David Fincher, yielding eight Oscar nominations, three wins and $224 million worldwide. Fincher managed to race through 163 pages in two hours. When Fincher passed on directing, the studio turned to Boyle ("Slumdog Millionaire"). The script: This time, »
- Anne Thompson
We debate stunning black-and-white Polish foreign film submission "Ida," Studio Ghibli 2-D animation contender "The Tale of the Princess Kayuga," Ava DuVernay's "Selma" and Clint Eastwood's "American Sniper" and digging into the changing rules behind picking the leading Oscar documentary feature shortlist candidates. Read: 'Ida' Director Pawel Pawlikowski Answers 10 Questions. We also explore the reasons Sony passed on the Aaron Sorkin/Danny Boyle film adaptation of Walter Isaacson's Steve Jobs biography that was to star Christian Bale and then, possibly, Michael Fassbender. Read: Assessing Seven Animated Feature Oscar Contenders. »
- Anne Thompson
Well, that was unexpected. For weeks now, we’ve been hearing a lot about Aaron Sorkin’s planned film about Apple founder Steve Jobs, from word that Michael Fassbender was being eyed to take the lead role to Sorkin’s comments that the movie is not a biopic in the traditional sense. But now, Sony has taken the unusual step of dropping the project and putting it into turnaround.
Luckily, Deadline is reporting that Universal is already “locking down” the project and giving it the go-ahead, so the movie, which is set to be directed by Slumdog Millionaire helmer Danny Boyle, shouldn’t experience too much of a delay. However, that Sony would simply dump what sounds on paper like an extremely promising film is highly suspect.
Perhaps the unusual structure of the Sorkin-scripted movie is what deterred the studio. Sorkin explained that the film is comprised of three long scenes, »
- Isaac Feldberg
The flick, to be based on Walter Isaacson's bestselling biography of the late Apple co-founder, has already gone through its fair share of upheaval recently, losing star Christian Bale and original director David Fincher. And while current director Danny Boyle has been scrambling to replace Bale after the actor abruptly left the production earlier this month, it seems that all that trouble was just too much for Sony, which decided to part ways with the project this week.
One silver lining for this development, though, is that since Sony is abandoning the project, another studio is free to pick it up, and it looks like there's already heavy interest from at least one party. Deadline reports »
- Katie Roberts
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Most extraordinary display of all is created by a tiny, drab male pufferfish. He builds a spectacular submarine 'crop circle' in the sand - the most perfect and complex structure created by any animal. The crop circles were only discovered in southern Japan in 1995, and the fish architect was only identified in 2011.
Aaron Sorkin's Steve Jobs biopic just underwent a new drastic change. Sony has dropped the film. Thankfully Universal Pictures has expressed strong interest and it looks like the project won't have to suffer a whole lot due to the change.
The film is an adaptation of the bestselling Walter Isaacson biography, and Slumdog Millionaire‘s Danny Boyle is set to direct. Michael Fassbender is the latest actor to be rumored to play Steve Jobs. Previously, Leonardo DiCaprio and Christian Bale were attached to play the Apple genius. The film is produced by Scott Rudin, Christian Colson, Mark Gordon and Guymon Casady.
For the most part, projects that undergo lots of changes don't have a very pleasant ending. But this is Steve Jobs we're talking about and Aaron Sorkin, plus Danny Boyle is at the helm. We don't know the reasons for the changes, but we still have high hopes for this biopic. »
- Laura Frances
In a rather surprising turn of events, Sony Pictures has pulled the plug on their highly-anticipated Steve Jobs biopic, putting the project into turnaround, with Universal Pictures eyeing to quickly pick up the project and issue a green light. No reason was given for Sony's sudden move, in which even the Academy Award-winning power of writer Aaron Sorkin and director Danny Boyle couldn't save.
While most projects that get unceremoniously dumped by a studio often have a long road to get to the big screen, sometimes waiting years to find the right home, Universal's quick pick-up may be a blessing in disguise, with Deadline reporting that Universal may close the deal as early as tomorrow.
The news is quite shocking since there has been active news on the casting front, with Michael Fassbender being courted to play the title character, and Seth Rogen also in talks to play Apple co-founder Steve Wozniak. »
In a bit of shocking news, Sony has dropped Aaron Sorkin and Danny Boyle’s upcoming Steve Jobs film. Though details are limited, a source from THR claims that Boyle needed the film to begin production in January, but Sony couldn’t commit to that start date. Also, it appears that Annapurna Pictures’ Megan Ellison, who was involved as a partner on the film, backed out.
This isn’t the first roadblock the film has faced thus far, Sony had quite a bit of trouble with finding an actor to play the former Apple founder; Leonardo diCaprio and Christian Bale were involved at one point, but passed. Recent reports put Michael Fassbender in the role.
Despite Sony dropping the film, there is still hope that it will get picked up by another studio. Universal is currently regarded as the frontrunner and is interested in getting the movie made in time »
- James Garcia
The planned biopic of Steve Jobs has been dropped by Sony. Could Universal still make it happen?
Sony seems to have reached the end of its tether with its planned biopic of Steve Jobs. Based on Walter Isaacson's biography, it recruited Aaron Sorkin to pen the screenplay for the film, and the idea was to reunite him with his The Social Network director, David Fincher.
Fincher, however, has been one of a line of people who have passed on the project. For some time, Leonardo DiCaprio was linked with playing Jobs, for instance, before opting for other projects. Then Christian Bale was also linked, but that came to nothing.
Sony did attract Danny Boyle to direct the film, and Seth Rogen is believed to be taking on the role of Steve Wozniak in the movie. Furthermore, Michael Fassbender is now the running favourite to play Jobs himself.
Yet Sony has had enough. »
In surprising news, Sony Pictures has reportedly put its planned Steve Jobs biopic into turnaround.
Universal Pictures is said to be actively hunting the Aaron Sorkin-penned project about the Apple founder that has been adapted from the Walter Isaacson biography. If Universal does pick it up, the plan is to green light it right away so the project won't lose any momentum.
Source: Deadline »
- Garth Franklin
There are no specifics, but Deadline reports Sony has put the Aaron Sorkin-penned, untitled Steve Jobs biopic into turnaround with Universal expected to snatch it up. The pic had a somewhat rocky beginning with David Fincher attached to direct, but when his demands weren't met he bounced, which is when current director Danny Boyle stepped into the director's chair. Then it was Christian Bale attached to star as the late Apple founder with Seth Rogen aboard to play co-founder Steve Wozniak. Shortly thereafter Bale fell off the project and the most recent report had Michael Fassbender contemplating the title role. Sorkin has been everywhere talking about the film, most recently discussing his 181-page script with The Independent as he promotes the finale season of his HBO show "The Newsroom". Interest in the pic is certainly high in the movie blogosphere, but I have no idea what the perception is elsewhere. »
- Brad Brevet
Sony Pictures has pulled out of the Steve Jobs biopic.
Leonardo DiCaprio was also previously linked to the project, which would have seen him reunite with his Beach director Boyle.
It is understood that Universal Pictures may now make a bid for the movie.
Sorkin has used Jobs's authorised biography by Walter Isaacson for the film, which focuses on three stressful, high-profile Apple product launches including the first Macintosh in 1984 and the iPod in »
There's no doubt that Sony Pictures has had some trouble getting the latest Steve Jobs biopic off the ground with David Fincher once in talks to direct, only to fall away and have it land in the hands of Slumdog Millionaire director Danny Boyle. Then, things seemed to look up when the leading man that Fincher originally wanted, Christian Bale, circled back around to the project. However, Bale has since left the film as well, with Michael Fassbender being the top contender to take the role, though no deal is in place. But now, it won't be Sony's problem anymore as Deadline reports the studio has dropped the film. Read on! However, the good news is that this doesn't mean the script from The Social Network scribe Aaron Sorkin will just sit on a shelf. Universal Pictures is already in the midst of locking down a deal to pick up the abandoned project, »
- Ethan Anderton
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. Deadline hears Universal is on track to close a deal to acquire the Steve Jobs biopic by tomorrow at the latest. So fear not, the project will likely live to see another day and hopefully secure a cast in the near future. If the end result is Boyle directing Fassbender, Rogen, and Chastain with a Sorkin script, I predict we will gloss over »
- Brendan Bettinger
Despite having the Academy Award-winning power of Aaron Sorkin and Danny Boyle behind it, the upcoming Steve Jobs biopic has been epically struggling through pre-production - and it has basically just hit rock bottom. Reports are coming in that Sony Pictures has decided to put the project in turnaround - essentially leaving it available for any other studio to pick up. The good news is that the developing film may already have a new home lined up. This news is coming to us from Deadline, which first got word that Sony was saying goodbye to the untitled Steve Jobs biopic. While this would leave most projects stuck in a state of chaos, what's keeping everything on an even keel is the fact that Universal is in the process of picking up the film. At the time that this article is being published there is no official deal in place, but »
The studio is understood to have put the project about the life of the Apple founder in turnaround, with one report claiming that Universal is now actively in the hunt.
According to Deadline Hollywood, Universal is now pursuing the project.
The studios declined to comment. »
- firstname.lastname@example.org (Jeremy Kay)
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.
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 »
- Dave McNary
Sony has dropped the Steve Jobs movie that Danny Boyle has been preparing to direct. This is surprising development for Aaron Sorkin‘s Steve Jobs script, even given the lengthy and public casting process associated with it. The film was taking some time to come together, but Sorkin’s script is said to be unusual and demanding, and […]
- Russ Fischer
Weeks of buzz, casting rumors, endless insights from Aaron Sorkin and now....this? For a project that was reportedly on a fast-track to start shooting as early as this winter, this latest news about "Jobs," the upcoming film about the late founder of Apple, is certainly surprising. Deadline reports that Sony has put the Danny Boyle-directed "Jobs" in turnaround, with Universal now kicking the tires on the movie to potentially give it a home. There's no word on why the studio dropped the project, but it seems everything is being done with the Scott Rudin production to try and keep it on track. As previously reported, the film boasts a 181-page script, and will tell the story of Steve Jobs via a triptych structure, focusing on the Mac, NeXT and iPod product launches, in 1984, 1997 and 2001 respectively. Michael Fassbender was the last name rumored for the title role, but nothing is official yet, »
- Kevin Jagernauth
The high-profile Steve Jobs movie has been put into turnaround by Sony Pictures, The Hollywood Reporter has confirmed. The movie, which was being produced by Scott Rudin, Mark Gordon and Guymon Casady, was to be directed by Danny Boyle from a script by Aaron Sorkin. Michael Fassbender is attached to play the Apple co-founder. See more Hollywood's 100 Favorite Films The much-discussed project, based on Walter Isaacson's biography of Jobs, will now be shopped to other studios. Universal is said to be interested in the project with an eye on next year's awards
- Borys Kit
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