UPDATE: I’m hearing very strongly that Universal is indeed locking down the Jobs project and essentially giving it a green light. This should be closed by tomorrow latest. That means the project shouldn’t lose any momentum despite the studio move. Will provide more details when I get them.
EXCLUSIVE: In a shocking development, the Aaron Sorkin-scripted film about Apple genius Steve Jobs has been put in turnaround by Sony Pictures, and Universal Pictures is making a strong play for the movie. The film, an adaptation of the bestselling Walter Isaacson biography, has Slumdog Millionaire‘s Danny Boyle set to direct, with Michael Fassbender recently courted to play Jobs. The film is produced by Scott Rudin, Christian Colson, Mark Gordon and Guymon Casady.
The film has been on a very fast track, even as the filmmakers have worked to lock down a lead actor. There was a previous courtship of Christian Bale, which didn’t come to fruition. A speedy move to another studio would keep the momentum of the project intact. Neither Sony nor Universal would comment.