Tuesday, December 09, 2014

Natalie Portman Nixes Steve Jobs Biopic

Variety reports that Natalie Portman has passed on starring in the authorized biopic about late Apple co-founder Steve Jobs that jumped from Sony Pictures to Universal Pictures.

There are no details given as to why Portman decided to pass but the trade confirms that other stars stand in line to replace her.

Michael Fassbender is primed to replace Christian Bale in the film. Bale dropped out of the film last month.

Leonardo DiCaprio took himself out of the running for the role weeks ago. DiCaprio has stated that he wanted a break for a while, having shot Django Unchained, The Great Gatsby and The Wolf of Wall Street in succession . Having taken this break he is starting work on The Revenant, it would appear that DiCaprio does not want to shoot films back to back again.

Danny Boyle is eyed to replace David Fincher in the big chair.  DiCaprio and Boyle made The Beach together that released in 2000. Fincher and Sony Pictures were at odds over his aggressive demands for compensation and control of the biopic. Ironically  Fincher wanted to have Bale to play Jobs in the film. The studio looked at Matt Damon, Ben Affleck and Bradley Cooper for the title role after Leo's exit. Boyle is due to meet with actors this week for the movie. Seth Rogen is in talks to join the biopic playing co-founder Steve Wozniak.

"The West Wing" creator and "The Social Network" writer Aaron Sorkin's adapted script of author  Walter Isaacson's authorized biography will give the film a unique narrative.

Talking at the Hero Summit  he says "this entire movie is going to be three scenes, and three scenes only, that all take place in real time."

All three thirty-minute scenes will be "set right before three major product launches." Those three products? The original Macintosh computer in 1984, the NeXT Cube in 1990, and the first generation iPod in 2001. Sorkin finished the script earlier this year.

 Mark Gordon, Scott Rudin and Guymon Casady will be producing the film being called Steve Jobs for now.

Production is still expected to start in the spring,

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