Steve Jobs biopic returns with Danny Boyle confirmed as director

25 Nov 2014

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Universal Pictures has purchased the rights to the future Steve Jobs biopic from Sony Pictures for about US$30m, with Danny Boyle being confirmed as the film’s director.

Despite the film entering a period under Sony where there were fears the film would not be made at all, a source within Universal Studios confirmed the purchase with The Hollywood Reporter while also confirming the appointment of Aaron Sorkin as the film’s chief writer.

Earlier this month Christian Bale pulled out of the film having been pencilled in to play Jobs but since then, Irish-German actor Michael Fassbender has been confirmed to play a part in the movie with Seth Rogen expected to play the part of Steve Wozniak.

Much speculation has surrounded the project since it was first mooted two years ago having been based on Walter Isaacson’s biography of the Apple co-founder which was released back in 2011.

As for what is expected to be the key themes expressed in the film, Sorkin has previously said that he is to write the film as a three-part look at Steve Jobs and his experiences backstage at major launches of Apple products with Sorkin saying he wanted to avoid a ‘cradle to grave’ approach.

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Colm Gorey is a journalist with Siliconrepublic.com

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