Aaron Sorkin's highly anticipated Steve Jobs biopic has had an extremely rocky development under Sony Pictures, culminating last night with Sony choosing to simply drop the movie altogether, according to Deadline. That doesn't mean that Sorkin's film is dead, however. This is a high-profile movie with definite awards potential, so interest from other studios is likely. In fact, Deadline is already reporting that Universal is working to pick up the film. A deal is reportedly close, and Deadline even speculates that it could be finalized today — though that is yet to pass.
Last anyone has heard, Slumdog Millionaire director Danny Boyle was attached to direct. The role of Jobs, which had previously been offered to Leonardo DiCaprio and Christian Bale, is unfilled, though Michael Fassbender is reported to be one of the latest contenders. Seth Rogen is reportedly in the running to play Steve Wozniak, and Jessica Chastain is said to be up for an undisclosed role, potentially Jobs' daughter, who Sorkin has called the film's hero. There was apparently hope from the film's producers that it would begin shooting early next year, but it's unclear now if that will happen.