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Sony Pictures said to ditch Aaron Sorkin's biopic on Steve Jobs

Desertion comes less than a month after Christian Bale withdrew from the project.

Screenplay writer Aaron Sorkin is said to have lost the backing of Sony Pictures on his Steve Jobs biopic. CBS

The latest Steve Jobs movie hasn't even started filming and it's already experienced another defection.

Sony Pictures, the studio that acquired the rights soon after Jobs' death in 2011, has pulled out of the project, according to Variety. In the wake of Sony's departure, Universal Pictures is said to be making a play for the biopic, which is being written by Aaron Sorkin.

Sony Pictures did not respond to a request for more information, and Universal could not immediately be contacted.

The departure is the second major desertion from the project in less than a month. "The Dark Knight" star Christian Bale, who was announced in late October as the actor to portray the late Apple co-founder in "Jobs," withdrew from the project earlier this month after reportedly deciding he was not right for the part.

Directed by Danny Boyle, director of "Slumdog Millionaire," the movie's screenplay is based on the officially endorsed autobiography by Walter Isaacson. Other actors said to be associated with the film include Seth Rogen, who is reportedly set to play Apple co-founder Steve Wozniak.

The movie is the third to be based on Jobs' life. But unlike last year's straight-up chronological biopic starring Ashton Kutcher, Sorkin's screenplay is reported to focus on three crucial keynote speeches during the late Apple co-founder's career. The first film out of the gate based on Jobs' life was "iSteve," a 79-minute satirical movie released last year starring Justin Long, the same actor Apple tapped for its famous switch ads.