It's been three years since American entrepreneur Steve Jobs passed away from pancreatic cancer at the age of 56. And in that time, the Apple co-founder and former CEO has been able to live on in a big way, not only in the legacy he left behind for future generations but also in Hollywood's depiction of the larger-than-life man.
Ashton Kutcher starred as the computer icon in the 2013 independent movie Jobs, which took place between 1974 and 2001 when Jobs revealed the first iPod. Meanwhile, at the bigger studios, screenwriter Aaron Sorkin (The Social Network) has been working tirelessly for a number of years to bring his own Steve Jobs biopic to the big screen, and at last it's heading into production.
After years of setbacks, including a change in director (from David Fincher to Danny Boyle), changes in the lead (from Christian Bale to Leonardo Dicaprio to Michael Fassbender) and a jump in studios from Sony to Universal, filming has begun on the movie officially titled Steve Jobs. A new press release reveals the upcoming film's plot:
Set backstage at three iconic product launches and ending in 1998 with the unveiling of the iMac, the film takes us behind the scenes of the digital revolution to paint an intimate portrait of the brilliant man at its epicenter.
This latest logline for Steve Jobs matches previous details from Sorkin that stated the film would comprise of “three scenes, and three scenes only.” According to Sorkin at the time, the film based on Walter Isaacson’s novel would feature no time cuts, and each scene would be 30 minutes of real-time for both Jobs and the audience.
More interesting, however, is just who will be included in the all-star cast. Joining Fassbender (who will play Jobs) is Seth Rogen as Apple co-founder Steve Wozniak and Kate Winslet as Joanna Hoffman, the former Macintosh marketing chief. Jeff Daniels will play John Sculley, the former Apple CEO who famously contributed to Jobs leaving the company from 1985 to 1996.
Rounding out the cast will also be Katherine Waterston, Michael Stuhlbarg, Perla Haney-Jardine, Ripley Sobo, Mackenzie Moss, Sarah Snook and Adam Shapiro.
Sorkin's last two biopics, The Social Network and Moneyball, were both nominated for Best Picture at the Academy Awards, so it makes sense that Universal would want to get started as soon as possible on Steve Jobs for possible inclusion in next year's award race.
Although Sorkin and Fincher, the writer-director duo of The Social Network, are no longer collaborating on the film, the combined talents of Sorkin and Boyle should be very interesting. With two Academy Award winners behind the scenes and award-winning actors on the screen, Steve Jobs could be very promising for Universal.
Stay tuned for more information on Steve Jobs.