‘Steve Jobs’ biopic dead at Sony

“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,” reports The Hollywood Reporter.

“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 season,” THR reports. “Rudin is said to also be eyeing it for the 2015 awards season. But the film has struggled to cast a lead, with Leonardo DiCaprio and Christian Bale both circling for a time. Bale withdrew earlier this month, with Fassbender the latest expressing interest in playing Jobs.”

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    1. Bale saw the writing on the wall concerning Steve’s temper and Bale’s own recent PR. People would have said, “Bale did such a good job because he wasn’t acting — he’s actually an asshole perfectionist.” Thus he was screwed either way.

      Sony’s beef is that the pic is looking like an art house matinee—excruciatingly amazing with an audience 1/10 the size of a bubblegum blockbuster. Thus the sale.

    1. I totally agree. This is a cable not theatrical project. Even the best movie possible on Steve Jobs will not make any studio a lot of coin anyway. I look at movies as abridged stories and cable mini-series as the actual “full length novel.” I would want to be a cable show runner over a single movie Producer any day. Longer story arcs are what people want in fiction and non-fiction.

  1. I don’t think it’s the right time for this film. SPE snapped up the rights after The Social Network was a success for them, but with all the various changes to casting etc. I just don’t think the project is ready to go into production. So I don’t blame them for having second thoughts and letting it go. Maybe in another decade or so this would have worked, but right now it’s a bit ghoulish.

  2. Most of us are looking at it from a very protective angle: we are suspicious of an effort to make a movie out of a very complex life of a complex person who achieved very many great things going through several ups and downs through his life. We are protective of this man’s legacy and are skeptical that Hollywood would be able to properly turn that legacy into quality entertainment.

    Hollywood’s angle is different: this guy had an amazing life, which had so many qualities of a great story. We could make a lot of money from taking parts of that life and turning them into a 2-hour movie. And because he was so famous, we can likely get some A-list names attached to the project. If we time it well, we could easily get shortlisted for the awards season. What’s not to like?

  3. The Sony decision is not unusual. Many film projects undergo these types of delays. The overall ‘winner’, an extreme case, but illustrative nonetheless, has to be the Marvel Spiderman movie series. It took years and years to get that movie finished. Spike Lee’s ‘Malcolm X’ was another such example.

    1. When film projects enter development hell, they tend to get stuck there for eternity. Very few end up making they way out of it and getting produced.

      Since this particular script is by Sorkin, there may still be some hope for it; I’m increasingly more skeptical, though, as the time passes…

  4. The plot device of setting it before 3 announcements seemed odd to me. I didn’t think The Social Network was that great, and The Newsroom was/is just garbage, so I don’t have a lot of faith in Sorkin to be honest.

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