What is wrong with the Steve Jobs biopic?

Sony Pictures have dropped a movie based on the life of the Apple founder, written by Aaron Sorkin and set to be directed by Danny Boyle

The Steve Jobs biopic set to be directed by Slumdog Millionaire’s Danny Boyle has been dropped by its studio Sony Pictures, according to reports.


It’s the latest piece of bad news for the Hollywood film which has also struggled to cast its leading man after Leonardo DiCaprio and Christian Bale both reportedly pulled out of the project.

But it’s not all bad. Sony Pictures may have given up on the project – written by The Social Network’s Aaron Sorkin and based on a biography of the Apple co-founder – but rival studio Universal are interested in picking it up, according to The Hollywood Reporter.

Here’s the story so far…

David Fincher (The Social Network, Gone Girl) was originally set to direct the movie along with his screenwriting collaborator Aaron Sorkin and producer Scott Rudin. However, it first emerged that he had given up the chance to work on the film in April 2014.

Danny Boyle was the next name attached to the project, and was reportedly keen on signing Leonardo DiCaprio to play the creator of the iPhone. The pair last worked together on 2000 back-packing thriller The Beach but this sunny double act was also scuppered in October, with DiCaprio tied up with other filming commitments.

Then screenwriter Sorkin announced gleefully to the world that Dark Knight actor Christian Bale was their man, telling Bloomberg TV: “There isn’t a scene or a frame that he’s not in. And there’s a tremendous amount of language. So it’s an extremely difficult part and he is gonna crush it.”

Except, it then turned out he wouldn’t…

Michael Fassbender is the latest name to be attached to the project, said to revolve around three separate Apple Keynote speeches, with Seth Rogen reportedly lined up to play Jobs’ partner Steve Wozniak.

All these names, plus a proven director and a lauded screenwriter, and yet still Sony Pictures have decided to pull out of the film they have held the rights to since the tech pioneer’s death in 2011.

What is going on?

Now it’s looking increasingly likely that Univeral will take on the project with an announcement expected within the next day, according to Deadline. 


Sorkin and Rudin teamed up in 2010 for The Social Network, which grossed over £140 million worldwide.