When Apple co-founder and renowned innovator Steve Jobs passed away in 2011, the world mourned. Shortly thereafter, he was remembered in the biopic Jobs, with Ashton Kutcher in the title role. But a sexier take on this complicated genius is coming with Michael Fassbender, and a new move just happened.
Just days after Sony dropped the untitled Steve Jobs biopic that boasts an Aaron Sorkin screenplay, THR reports Universal has picked it up from Sony's turnaround. Danny Boyle is still on board to direct the film, and now Michael Fassbender is no longer being eyed for the lead, but is officially attached to star.
There's no word yet on when the Aaron Sorkin's Steve Jobs biopic will shoot. But that decision could lie almost entirely with Michael Fassbender. After all, the international A-lister is incredibly in demand. And on top of that, Fassbender is juggling several franchises . He's recently wrapped on Slow West, Macbeth and an untitled Terrence Malick Project. Currently, Fassbender is in production on The Light Between The Oceans, writer-director Derek Cianfrance's follow-up to A Place Beyond The Pines. Beyond that, he's lined up for tent pole productions Assasin's Creed, Prometheus 2 and X-Men: Apocalypse. So, it's unknown where his turn as Steve Jobs might fit in their midst.
It's funny. 2013's Jobs basically came and went. At the box office, the $12 million movie helmed by Joshua Michael Stern pulled in just $35 million worldwide. In the U.S., it played for just seven weeks. Critics outright loathed the pic. In his review, our own Mack Rawden praised Ashton Kutcher's performance, but noted, "The script is just all over the place in terms of subject matter, and that makes it really hard to care deeply enough about anything that’s happening."
Nonetheless, this untitled Jobs seems a more promising project. Based on Walter Isaacson’s biography Steve Jobs, it has a solid base. Add in Aaron Sorkin, the Oscar-winning screenwriter behind The Social Network. Of course, the original plan was to reteam Sorkin and his whip-smart writing with The Social Network director, David Fincher. But Fincher has some heavy demands, including Christian Bale as his lead and full control over the film's marketing. When Sony couldn't get that deal together, Fincher walked.
By April of this year, Slumdog Millionaire director Danny Boyle was in talks, and was reportedly eyeing Leonardo DiCaprio, a curious choice since the pair's only previous collaboration was The Beach, a low point in each of their careers. Then in an unexpected move, comedian Seth Rogen was being considered for the role of Steve Wozniak. Earlier this month is when Michael Fassbender was rumored as a front-runner for the role. And now that he's on board, things are looking up for this Steve Jobs drama. Now we just need news of a start date.