Fincher out, Boyle in as director; Bale out, DiCaprio in as Jobs
Following the alleged pullout of planned director David Fincher -- and possibly his choice to play the title role, Christian Bale -- the latest speculation on Sony Pictures' Steve Jobs biopic has it that the studio is now talking to Danny Boyle to helm the multi-million dollar movie, and goes on to say that Boyle's choice for the Jobs role is Leonard DiCaprio. Boyle, best known for Slumdog Millionaire and Trainspotting, is rumored to be the leading candidate following Fincher's walkout over fees and marketing control demands, according to the Hollywood Reporter.
Wanted Christian Bale in the role of Jobs, $10M fee, marketing control
Those hoping for a reunion of the team that made The Social Network into a critical and commercial success will be disappointed to learn that -- at least for now -- that film's director, David Fincher, is off the Sony Pictures "Steve Jobs" project, according to industry trade reports. Fincher, along with screenwriter Aaron Sorkin, was set to tackle Sony's big-budget interpretation of Walter Isaacson's biography of Jobs, but has pulled out over the issue of fees and marketing control, sources claim.
Social Network writer signs on for Steve Jobs film
Aaron Sorkin -- a writer for The West Wing, Sports Night, and HBO's upcoming The Newsroom -- has officially signed on to script Sony Pictures' forthcoming biopic about the late Steve Jobs. The film will be based on Walter Isaacson's bestselling biography on the Apple co-founder.
LulzSec member admits to hacking Sony
The original LulzSec team was dealt a hit Thursday after member Cody Kretsinger pleaded guilty to his role in the Sony Pictures hack from last year. He agreed to accept convictions over charges of both conspiracy and "unauthorized impairment of a protected computer" in return for a deal. The admission was a reversal of an earlier not guilty plea.
Deal includes both TV shows and movies.
Amazon's UK-based Lovefilm has closed a deal with Sony Pictures Television. The arrangement will give subscribers to the media rental and downloading service exclusive streamed access to Sony's current TV series as well as past shows. Also included will be future movie releases from Sony.
Sony wants Jobs bio as movie
A rumor late Friday asserted that Sony Pictures was already negotiating a deal for the movie rights to the Steve Jobs biography by Walter Isaacson. Sony would pay between $1 million to $3 million just to get access, Deadline understood. The movie would be produced by Mark Gordon and Management 360 under their MG360 partnerhsip.
Xbox 360 to bring TV content as soon as next week
The latest update in Microsoft's bid to bring TV content to Xbox 360 Live has the new content arriving on its game console subscription service as early as next week. Microsoft is engaged in talks on the matter with many content providers and cable companies, with Comcast and Verizon chief among them. A source who couldn't speak publicly revealed these details.
Over 177k e-mails said to be taken
A team of hackers has claimed responsibility for yet another attack aimed at Sony. The duo, which is said to include a Lebanese student and a French associate, claims to have utilized a method known as SQL injection to breach the Sony Pictures France website and gain access to the company's internal correspondence. Over 177,000 e-mails were allegedly copied, though just 70 were consequently published on Pastebin.
LulzSec member said arrested, Sony code stolen
LulzSec, a group of hackers that has recently attacked Sony Pictures and an FBI-affiliated site has now offered up stolen code from Sony Computer Entertainment Developer Network using its Twitter account. Making good on its promise, a 54MB file containing the code is made available. At the same time, a rumor of an arrest of one of the members of the group is circulating.
Lulz Security hits Sony again in security message
Sony was embarrassed again on Thursday after Lulz Security posted that it had successfully hacked Sony Pictures' website. It lived up to its earlier promise and used a basic SQL injection attack to expose one million users' personal data, 3.5 million digital coupons and 75,000 music codes. The hacking team found that the information had few defenses and that none of the data, even including passwords, were stored in clear text.