Aaron Sorkin’s Steve Jobs movie saved by Universal after Sony backs out

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When it comes to making Steve Jobs light up the sliver screen, poor Sorkin just can't cut a break.
When it comes to making Steve Jobs light up the sliver screen, poor Sorkin just can't cut a break.

Aaron Sorkin’s screenplay on Steve Jobs has been in a seemingly perpetual state of flux for months. Multiple A-list actors and directors passed on the project, with Christian Bale most recently bowing out of the leading role after being all but confirmed by Sorkin himself.

Then the studio financing the movie, Sony, put it up for sale—a good sign that a project isn’t going smoothly in Hollywood. Luckily, Universal has swooped in to save the day.

Variety is reporting that Universal Studios has picked up the project less than a week after Sony put it in “turnaround,” a filmmaking term that means one studio offers to sell the rights of a film to another studio in exchange for the cost of development plus interest.

Michael Fassbender is still being courted to play Jobs, and Seth Rogen is still in talks to play Steve Wozniak. Oscar-winner Danny Boyle is also still slated to direct, but without a cast and a new studio on board, it could still be awhile before this movie actually gets made.