Well, that didn’t take long.
Last week, we reported that Sony had dropped an upcoming biopic on Apple co-founder Steve Jobs that was written by Aaron Sorkin. At the time, people within the industry were confident that the film would find a new home. The marriage of an acclaimed writer such as Sorkin (The Social Network) and a contemporary icon such as Jobs wasn’t going to die just like that. Oh, and did I mention that the film has Danny Boyle attached to direct it, too?
The Hollywood Reporter has now confirmed that Universal Studios has stepped in and it will welcome the film into its arms.
The film, which was in development over at Sony for two years, has nabbed Michael Fassbender to play the mercurial lead. This, after several other A-listers had been courted for the role, including Christian Bale who jumped on and then off of the project. Director David Fincher is someone else who was once attached to this movie, only to end up walking away from it.
Based on Steve Jobs, a 2011 biography by Walter Isaacson, the film won’t be a birth-to-death tale. Sorkin’s approach to the script was to highlight three key moments in the Apple co-founder’s life, essentially making the film center on three long scenes that will be full of insights into the man behind some of today’s most widely used technology. Sounds like a tough nut to crack when trying to make a mainstream film, and this unique approach could be what’s led the film down a particularly bumpy path to the big screen.