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‘Steve Jobs’ dead at Sony, says the Hollywood Reporter

What's going on with the Steve Jobs movie -- the big one, screenplay by Aaron (The Social Network) Sorkin, book by Walter Isaacson?

First Social Network director David Fincher bowed out and was replaced by Danny (Slumdog Millionaire) Boyle.

Then the project ran into casting problems. Leonardo DiCaprio was offered the title role and declined. So did Christian (Dark Knight) Bale. Michael (Inglourious Basterds) Fassbinder, last we heard, was still in the running. (See Another Day, Another Steve Jobs.)

Now, according to the well-sourced Hollywood Reporter, Sony Pictures has bowed out of the project.

The movie will be shopped to other studios. Universal is said to be interested.

Meanwhile, Seth Rogen is reportedly being eyed to play Steve Wozniak and Scarlett Johansson another part, perhaps Lisa Brenner-Jobs or Laurene Powell Jobs.

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