Universal’s Steve Jobs, a biopic of the late Apple cofounder has traveled quite the road on its way to the big screen. After going through multiple directors and leading men, the project finally took shape late last year, with Danny Boyle (127 Hours) calling the shots and Michael Fassbender donning the black turtleneck as the film’s subject. With all the main players officially on board, the film recently entered production, putting its troubled past behind.
With a script by Oscar-winner Aaron Sorkin (The Social Network), award-winning Boyle sitting in the director’s chair, and an Academy Award nominated leading man, many assumed that Universal would position the project as one of its awards contenders when it was ready to be unveiled. That hypothesis has turned out to be true, and interested moviegoers will be able to see the final product sooner rather than later.
Jeff Sneider of The Wrap was the one who broke the news, tweeting out that Steve Jobs is currently scheduled for release in October of this year (which is prime Oscar season in the film industry).
BREAKING: Universal Pictures’ STEVE JOBS will be released on Friday, October 9, 2015.— Jeff Sneider (@TheInSneider) February 4, 2015
In addition to Fassbender, Boyle has assembled an A-list supporting cast to fill out the other roles in the film, including:
- Seth Rogen as Steve Wozniak, Apple cofounder
- Kate Winslet as Joanna Hoffman, former Mac marketing chief
- Jeff Daniels as John Sculley, Apple’s former CEO
- Katherine Waterson as Chrisann Brennan, Jobs’ ex-girlfriend
- Makenzie Moss and Perla Haney-Jardine as Jobs’ daughter Lisa at different points in her life
Given that Boyle only started filming last month, many could be surprised by the quick turnaround Universal is aiming for, but it’s really not so farfetched when one steps back and examines the full picture. In particular, Fassbender will need to be ready to film X-Men: Apocalypse for Bryan Singer, who is hoping to start rolling the cameras on his superhero sequel this spring (in order to meet the May 2016 release date). When that’s taken into account, it’s plausible that principal photography for Steve Jobs won’t last all that long, giving Boyle ample time in post to put everything together.
After the first attempt at a Jobs biopic, 2013’s Jobs, failed in many people’s eyes, some moviegoers are justifiably wondering what the point of a second feature is, especially one arriving so soon after the initial one. On paper at least, Boyle’s film has the potential to be a memorable and fitting tribute to the technology innovator, especially given the pedigree of those involved and the fact that the script is based on Walter Isaacson’s biography of Jobs, which was the only authorized book of its kind.
Furthermore, the movie’s structure should elevate Steve Jobs beyond the typical run-of-the-mill biopic. One of the most heavily publicized aspects of the project is that Sorkin’s script is centered around three, 30-minute scenes that play out in real time; each detailing the backstage happenings prior to key product launches that involved Jobs. Seeing how that comes into fruition should be interesting – and since Lisa Jobs is described by Sorkin as the “heroine of the movie,” there will hopefully be a strong emotional component to balance everything out.
2015 will most likely be remembered as the year of the major blockbuster, with Star Wars: The Force Awakens, Avengers: Age of Ultron, Jurassic World, and others bringing big franchises back to the multiplex. However, this year has several noteworthy auteur films as well (Joy, The Revenant, etc.). It’s nice to see Steve Jobs joining those ranks; hopefully, it will be able to live up to its Oscar potential.
Steve Jobs hits theaters October 9, 2015.
Source: Jeff Sneider