Steve Jobs
Former Apple CEO Steve Jobs in 2011 Reuters

Universal have swooped in to save the forthcoming Steve Jobs biopic written by Aaron Sorkin and set to be directed by Danny Boyle, according to Deadline.

Sony dropped the project after a lengthy and public casting process that see Christian Bale pass on the project and Michael Fassbender named as a potential new lead. Seth Rogen will play Steve Wozniak in the movie.

Sorkin – who won a Best Adapted Screenplay Oscar for Mark Zuckerberg biopic The Social Network – based his script on Walter Isaacson's biography of Jobs with possible additional material included thanks to the help of the Apple co-founder's daughter.

Sony dropping the film seems a strange move considering its Oscar-winning writer and director, so it's no surprise another studio has popped up to takeover so quickly.

Quite why Sony pulled out isn't yet known, but those details will likely follow in the coming days. The Hollywood Reporter however believe it may have something to do with the recent departure of one of their partners, Megan Ellison's Annapurna Productions.

The Universal deal is expected to be locked down later today. It is unlikely the film's production will lose any momentum due to the change of studio.

The biopic, tentatively titled Jobs, will be released in time for the 2015/2016 awards season.