The studio is understood to have put the project about the life of the Apple founder in turnaround, with one report claiming that Universal is now actively in the hunt.

Danny Boyle has been lining up to direct Jobs from a screenplay that Aaron Sorkin adapted from the Walter Isaacson biography.

Christian Bale had been associated with the role before pulling out recently and there has been talk of Michael Fassbender circling.

The heavyweight producer roster comprises Scott Rudin, Christian Colson, Mark Gordon and Guymon Casady.

According to Deadline Hollywood, Universal is now pursuing the project.

The studios declined to comment.