Posted on Thursday, August 23rd, 2012 by Angie Han
If you had told me a year ago that the genius co-founder of Apple Inc. and the lovable idiot from That ’70s Show were dead ringers, I probably would’ve given you the side eye. But after Ashton Kutcher won the lead role in the indie Steve Jobs biopic jOBS (on April Fool’s Day, no less), tech aficionados and movie fans took a closer look at the actor and were struck by the resemblance. Whatever you think of Kutcher’s dramatic chops, set photos have proved that he certainly looks the part.
The last time we checked in with the production, we got to see the cast dolled up to reenact Jobs’ early days working out of his childhood home in Los Altos. The latest batch shows Kutcher looking a bit older, portraying what appears to be the ’90s version of Jobs. Dermot Mulroney, who plays former Apple CEO Mike Markkula, can also be seen in old-age makeup. Check them out after the jump.
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Posted on Thursday, July 12th, 2012 by Angie Han
Cameras have been rolling on the indie Steve Jobs biopic jOBS for weeks now, but apparently there’s still room for some last-minute additions. Kevin Dunn (Luck) had boarded the cast in the role of Apple CEO Gil Amelio, while J.K. Simmons will portray venture capitalist and Apple investor Arthur Rock. Other recently announced cast members include Elden Henson, who’ll play Macintosh developer Andy Hertzfeld; Lenny Jacobson, who’ll play Apple engineer Burrell Smith; Giles Matthey, who’ll play iPod designer Jonathan Ive; and Victor Rasuk, who’ll play early Apple employee Bill Fernandez.
Joshua Michael Stern (Swing Vote) is directing the film from a script by Matt Whiteley. Ashton Kutcher stars as the late Apple co-founder; the cast also includes Josh Gad as Steve Wozniak, Ahna O’Reilly as Jobs’ girlfriend Chris-Ann Brennan, Matthew Modine, Lukas Haas, Dermot Mulroney, Lesley Ann Warren, and many more. As we’ve stressed before, this is a completely separate project from the Walter Isaacson-based, Aaron Sorkin-scripted biopic that Sony has brewing. jOBS is targeting a late 2012 release. [THR]
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Posted on Thursday, June 14th, 2012 by Angie Han
The very first pictures from Joshua Michael Stern‘s indie Steve Jobs biopic jOBS confirmed what we already more or less knew: that Ashton Kutcher can look a lot like the late tech guru in the right outfit. Now a more recent batch of set photos offers glimpses of some of the rest of the cast as well, including Josh Gad as Apple co-founder Steve Wozniak; Ahna O’Reilly as Jobs’ girlfriend Chris-Ann Brennan; Lukas Haas as Apple employee Daniel Kottke; and Dermot Mulroney as former Apple CEO Mike Markkula. Check ‘em out after the jump.
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Posted on Thursday, June 7th, 2012 by Angie Han
With shooting already underway, Joshua Michael Stern‘s Steve Jobs biopic is filling in some key supporting roles. (For clarification, this is a distinct project from the Aaron Sorkin-penned Jobs movie set up at Sony, which has yet to begin casting.) The latest addition to the cast is Matthew Modine, who’s slated to play former Apple CEO John Sculley. He was hired by Jobs (Ashton Kutcher) for the post in 1983, but the two men famously struggled to get along. Two years later, Sculley removed Jobs from from his managerial duties, leading Jobs to resign from the company shortly afterward.
In addition to Modine and Kutcher, the picture also stars Josh Gad as Apple co-founder Steve Wozniak and Ahna O’Reilly as Jobs’ girlfriend Chris-Ann Brennan. Stern’s film is due to hit later this year, but first Modine will be seen grappling with another eccentric visionary — Batman (Christian Bale) — in Christopher Nolan’s The Dark Knight Rises. [THR]
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Posted on Wednesday, May 30th, 2012 by Angie Han
Now that The Social Network scribe Aaron Sorkin is firmly on board to pen Sony’s Steve Jobs biopic, the question is how exactly he plans to do it. And while Sorkin’s had plenty of experience writing about real-life people and events, there’s added pressure this time around because the late Apple co-founder has a far higher profile than did the Oakland A’s general manager Billy Beane or Texas congressman Charlie Wilson, or even Facebook creator Mark Zuckerberg when Sorkin wrote movies about them.
In a talk at the AllThingsD conference this week, Sorkin admitted his hesitation about tackling a modern icon, and offered a few thoughts on how he might want to approach the task at hand. Read more of his comments after the jump.
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A couple days after Sony announced that Aaron Sorkin would be writing their Steve Jobs biopic, Five Star Feature Films has issued a press release announcing the start of photography on their independently produced Steve Jobs biopic directed by Joshua Michael Stern (Swing Vote, Neverwas) and starring Ashton Kutcher. And this time around we have a little more information about this competing project. The film is being titled jOBS, a play on the lowercase i branding Jobs made famous. I think it might have been better to go with “iJOBS”.
The producers claim that their film will “shed new light on Steve Jobs’ most defining and personal moments, motivations, and the people that drove him” and that the movie will cover Jobs from “his early years as an impressionable youth and wayward hippie, through his initial successes and infamous ousting, to his storybook return and ultimate triumphs as a man who set out to change the world and did just that.” So in other words, the 30 years from 1971 through 2000. You might be wondering what the source will be for this biopic as Sony had already nabbed Job’ official (and New York Times bestselling) biography. jOBS will be based on interviews from colleagues, and friends.
The press release claims it will be “Dark, honest, and uncompromising,” an “intense dialogue-driven story” which will pull “no punches and does not speculate, telling only the candid and captivating account of the life of Steven Paul Jobs.” And as production begins, Five Star wants to brag about “the project’s commitment to accuracy and authenticity” as they will film scenes in the actual Los Altos home where Jobs grew up and in the historic garage where he and Steve Wozniak founded Apple. They also mention that Oscar winning cinematographer Russell Carpenter (Titanic) is shooting the film. Read the press released after the jump.
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Posted on Friday, May 18th, 2012 by Angie Han
Sony’s Steve Jobs biopic will be getting a little help from the man who helped make Steve Jobs himself. Steve Wozniak, who co-founded Apple with Jobs back in 1976, has been hired to serve as a “tutor” on the production. No doubt he’ll be of great help to writer Aaron Sorkin, who told recently reporters “I know so little about what I am going to write.” More details after the jump.
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Last year we heard that Sony wanted Academy Award-winning The Social Network/The West Wing writer Aaron Sorkin to write the screenplay for a Steve Jobs biopic based on Walter Isaacson‘s best-selling biography. Sony had purchased the rights in a $1 million deal made just days after the Apple co-founder’s passing on October 5th 2011. Last we heard, Sorkin was “strongly considering” the project. Since then, another movie from an independent producer based on Jobs’ life starring Ashton Kutcher has been revealed. Tonight Sony has sent out a press release, announcing that Sorkin has officially signed on to adapt the screenplay for their own bio. Read the full press release after the jump.
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