The on/off Steve Jobs movie based on the ex-Apple head is back on again after Universal Pictures picked up the rights in response to Sony Pictures' withdrawal.

Sony had dropped the film at the end of last week. It has suffered a few casting issues in recent times, with first Leonardo DiCaprio and then Christian Bale rumoured to be attached to the lead role, only for them to subsequently bow out.

It is now believed that Michael Fassbender (X-Men: Days of Future Past, Prometheus, 12 Years a Slave) will play Jobs, with Oscar winner Danny Boyle still attached as director.

The script penned by Aaron Sorkin (The Social Network) will continue to be used and was adapted from Walter Issacson's biography that was published soon after the Apple co-founder's death.

Seth Rogen is also expected to star in the movie, playing Steve Wozniak, the other founder of the company now quoted to be worth more than $700 billion (£445 billion).

It is believed the Steve Jobs movie, titled simply Jobs, will cost more than $30 million to make - one of the reasons cited for Sony's backtracking - and it will go into production soon.

David Fincher was originally to direct the film, but he reportedly left after his salary - reported to be $10 million - and full creative control demands were not met.