Posted on Tuesday, January 27th, 2015 by Angie Han
The Steve Jobs biopic has been through some ups and downs over the years. High-profile directors and stars came and went, original studio Sony dropped out altogether, and Universal had to come to the rescue. But now, at long last, it’s reached the starting line.
The film, now simply titled Steve Jobs, has officially begun shooting in San Francisco. Danny Boyle directs from a script by Aaron Sorkin, based on the biography by Walter Isaacson. The cast includes Michael Fassbender as the tech icon, plus Kate Winslet, Seth Rogen, Jeff Daniels, Katherine Waterston, and Michael Stuhlbarg. Read the official announcement after the jump.
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And now, an update on the Aaron Sorkin/Danny Boyle Steve Jobs film that doesn’t come from a leaked e-mail. After Jessica Chastain and Natalie Portman passed on a role, it seems Oscar winner Kate Winslet is the latest actress up for the female lead in the film. She’d star opposite Michael Fassbender as Jobs, Seth Rogen as Steve Wozniak and Jeff Daniels as John Sculley. Read more about the Steve Jobs movie cast below. Read More »
Even before a single image is captured, the Aaron Sorkin-written, Danny Boyle-directed Steve Jobs biopic has featured plenty of drama. It changed studios, had a leading man exit, and several A-list actresses pass on some choice roles. As it stands now, Universal has the rights to the film, Michael Fassbender will play Jobs and Seth Rogen is his Apple co-founder, Steve Wozniak.
The latest actor to potentially join the mix is Jeff Daniels. He’s being tapped to play former Apple CEO John Sculley and being as he’s already in good with Sorkin having starred on three seasons of The Newsroom, he certainly seems like a good fit. Read more about Jeff Daniels joining the Aaron Sorkin Steve Jobs movie cast Read More »
UPDATE: Variety reported on December 8 that Portman passed on this role. It is thought that Portman (and Jessica Chastain before her) was actually up for the role of Joanna Hoffman, who was part of the original Apple Macintosh dev team, and for a while the only marketing person working on the Macintosh. Additionally, we’ve heard that one bit of info in the “three product launches” structure is wrong, and that it is actually the original iMac launch seen in the script, and not the iPod launch.
In a recent interview, screenwriter Aaron Sorkin said that one of Steve Jobs’ daughters, Lisa Nicole Brennan-Jobs, was the “heroine” of the film he scripted about Jobs’ life.
In the case of Steve Jobs, it’s the relationships he had – particularly with his daughter, Lisa – that drew me to it. She didn’t participate in Walter Isaacson’s book, because her father was alive at the time, and she didn’t want to alienate either of her parents, so I was very grateful that she was willing to spend time with me. She is the heroine of the movie.
We know that Danny Boyle is directing the film and that Michael Fassbender will play the lead. With that quote in mind, we now have a pretty good idea who will be playing that role. Natalie Portman is reportedly in talks to join the film. Read more about the Natalie Portman Steve Jobs casting below. Read More »
Last week Sony dumped Steve Jobs, but now Universal, as expected, is picking up the project. The Aaron Sorkin-scripted film seems to be mostly in the same condition it was when Amy Pascal and Sony decided the partnership was no longer right. And Universal has reportedly paid as much as $30m for the project. Read More »
Sony has dropped the Steve Jobs movie that Danny Boyle has been preparing to direct. This is surprising development for Aaron Sorkin‘s Steve Jobs script, even given the lengthy and public casting process associated with it. The film was taking some time to come together, but Sorkin’s script is said to be unusual and demanding, and we would not have guessed this would go down like this. All is not lost for the script, however, as Universal is reportedly making moves to pick it up. Read More »
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The Steve Jobs film to be directed soon by Danny Boyle isn’t a biopic, emphasizes screenwriter Aaron Sorkin, and we know that the structure of the film is unusual. Rather than tracing the entrepreneur’s life, the script looks in on his life at three specific points in time over more than a decade. We don’t know much else, however. Michael Fassbender is said to be the top choice for the starring role after Leonardo DiCaprio and Christian Bale passed, and that casting should be firmed up soon.
But there’s an interesting new bit of information: while Steve Jobs’ daughter Lisa Brennan-Jobs did not speak to Walter Isaacson for the book upon which the film is primarily based, she did speak to Sorkin. He calls her “the heroine of the movie,” and that suggests that the film could add something new to our understanding of Jobs’ life, and not just rehash what we’ve already known. Read More »