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Boyle's Jobs film dropped by Sony

Danny Boyle's biopic about Steve Jobs has been dropped by Sony Pictures.

The film, which will be directed by the Oscar-winning Slumdog Millionaire filmmaker, is reportedly set to star Michael Fassbender as the late Apple co-founder.

Based on Walter Isaacson's biography, the as-yet-untitled movie is to be offered to other studios including Universal after Sony Pictures removed it from their upcoming slate, according to the Hollywood Reporter.

A source claimed that the director wanted the film to start production in January, before he starts another project, while Sony, which has several movies already in production for 2015, preferred the film to shoot later.

The drama, written by Aaron Sorkin, has struggled to find a lead. Leonardo DiCaprio and Christian Bale were both linked to the role, before Dark Knight star Christian withdrew after "much deliberation and conflicting feelings" in early November.

Michael, who has starred in the latest X-Men films, 12 Years A Slave and Shame, is said to be in the early stages of talks after he expressed an interest in playing Jobs.

Seth Rogen has been in the running to play Jobs' Apple co-founder Steve Wozniak, while Scarlett Johansson has apparently been approached about a part.

The Jobs biopic had been expected to start shooting in coming months in time for a 2015 release.

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