Insisting that it still has a few more years left in it, that whirring noise isn’t anything to worry about, and at least it’s not full of viruses like a used Bill Gates biopic would be, Universal Pictures is picking up a previously owned Steve Jobs biopic from the Hollywood Craigslist.
Sony Pictures, which recently canceled the project, realized there was a thriving market for slightly used Jobs biopics, and saw it could recoup some of its investment by selling the film secondhand. The film comes with the director Danny Boyle add-on included, who remains attached to shoot Aaron Sorkin’s latest installment in his long-term project to mythologize every major figure in the technology world.
Michael Fassbender is the latest actor lined up to play Jobs, now that neither Christian Bale nor Leonardo DiCaprio are attached to the film. Seth Rogen still seems to be in the running to play Steve Wozniak, who co-founded Apple with Jobs and should feature prominently in the story.
That may seem like a lot of casting, directorial, and studio changes for one movie to go through. But just remember that, refurbished, hand-me-down film projects often need a fresh supply of upgrades, and do take longer to start up. We’re sure this time the project will get out of the “spinning beach ball” phase of development any time now.