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Universal Studios Picks Up Aaron Sorkin's Steve Jobs Movie, Michael Fassbender to Star

Just under a week after Sony Pictures dropped the Aaron Sorkin-penned Steve Jobs movie, Universal Studios has picked it up, according to The Wrap. X-Men: First Class star Michael Fassbender is also now attached to star as Jobs.

Universal Pictures has picked up the Steve Jobs biopic less than a week after it was dropped by Sony, an individual with knowledge of the deal told TheWrap.
Sony suddenly dropped the film last Wednesday after it had developed it for two years. One report indicated the studio dropped the movie because of the shooting schedule. Director Danny Boyle wanted to start shooting in January 2015, when Fassbender would be available to shoot. Sony, however, wanted to shoot a little later, which would have clashed with Fassbender's schedule as he was set to shoot X-Men: Apocalypse.

Earlier this month, Christian Bale dropped out of the film despite Sorkin confirming his involvement. Fassbender stepped into the role shortly afterward and actors Jessica Chastain and Seth Rogen have recently emerged as potential cast members, with Rogen possibly playing Steve Wozniak.

The film is expected to follow Jobs during three stressful, high profile product launches, including NeXT, the debut of the Macintosh in 1984 and the iPod debut in 2001.

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29 months ago
I'd much rather have an actual documentary detailing the history of Steve Jobs' life.
Rating: 20 Votes
29 months ago
If Steve Jobs was alive he would have never picked Michael Fassbender.
Apple is doomed.
Rating: 10 Votes
29 months ago
They really need to drop Rogen. He's just not an actor. Who has he played? He's played Seth Rogen. I just can't see him as Woz. You know who would be a great Woz? The guy who played Morgan on the series "Chuck", Joshua Gomez ( He might have to gain a few, but I think he'd pull off a much better Woz than anything Rogen can deliver. I think he'd have a blast with the role.

Joshua Gomez

Steve Wozniak
Rating: 8 Votes
29 months ago
Fassbender will do a great job. Quality actor.


Or should I say - Mac-neto! ;)
Rating: 8 Votes
29 months ago

Prepare yourself for the overacting hollywood story of a simple man...

How was he simple?
Are you talking about Steve Jobs or Forrest Gump?
Rating: 6 Votes
29 months ago
Can't lie, I was waaaaaay more excited when this was a Fincher/Bale flick.
Rating: 5 Votes
29 months ago
Come on, guys

If you died and hundreds of thousands of people lined up at your stores, burned candles, and then a leading Hollywood writer, director and actors wanted to make a movie about you-- Well, I'd be flattered as hell.

The only immortality is in the minds of your survivors, and when the last survivor with a memory of you goes, it's over. As I spent my last few months of life, I'd like it if I had left something that that cast would be interested in. Of course, he was working with Walter Isaacson on the bio, so he cared about legacy, too.

If some brainless dodo like Mr. Kutcher plays you, pheh. They made it quick and early before they had time for a script.

You can't ever predict if a film will be good or bad. This should be worth watching, though.
Rating: 5 Votes
29 months ago

So, it seems anything goes in this movie. Sorkin's style sucks big time... this Fassbender guy looks nothing like Steve Jobs... part of the story will be Jobs douchiness when he refused his daughter...

Wow... the greed for making some extra bucks from his early death is toppling any common sense.

Sorkin is an exceptional screenwriter. Fassbender has a resemblance to Jobs which Hollywood hair and makeup build upon to recreate Jobs (to a degree).

It won't be a summer blockbuster. so I'm not seeing the greed factor of which you speak being a huge part of the making of this movie.
Rating: 5 Votes
29 months ago
When you get an actor as brilliant as Fassbender, you don't care about whether he looks like Jobs or not. Yes Bale looked a lot like an older Jobs, and Kutcher looked astonishingly like the younger one, but Fassbender is a better actor than both of them.

I still wish it was David Fincher directing though.
Rating: 3 Votes
29 months ago
Wait, someone said Aaron Sorkin's writing sucks? What's going on here?

He wrote A Few Good Men, Charlie Wilson's War, The Social Network, The West Wing, and Moneyball. All have been very well received.
Rating: 3 Votes

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