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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‘Ghostbusters’ Bits: Video Tour of Ghostbusters’ New York; Apple’s 1984 Parody Featuring Steve Jobs and Steve Wozniak Cameos
Posted on Tuesday, May 15th, 2012 by Angie Han
Though much of what we loved in the ’80s fails to hold up today, Ghostbusters is one major exception. Filmgoers loved it in 1984 and they still love it today, as evidenced by the endless stream of parodies, homages, and references we get even now.
After the jump, watch two very different tributes to the horror-comedy classic. “The Ghostbusters Tour of New York” is a recent video pilgrimage of familiar locations from the film that includes on-site re-enactions, while “Blue Busters” is a 1984 parody from Apple Inc. that, yes, features appearances from a young Steve Jobs and a young Steve Wozniak.
The news that Ashton Kutcher had been cast as late tech guru Steve Jobs for the indie biopic Jobs: Get Inspired raised a few eyebrows when it was first announced, in part because it broke on April Fool’s Day. But the producers weren’t joking around, and we now have our first look at the Two and a Half Men star clad in a familiar-looking black turtleneck and 501s. Get your first look at Kutcher’s Jobs after the jump.
Posted on Thursday, May 3rd, 2012 by Angie Han
Before Ashton Kutcher gets a chance to do his Steve Jobs impression for Hollywood, audiences will get to see the actual Jobs up on the big screen thanks to Magnolia Pictures. The company has picked up the U.S. rights to Steve Jobs: The Lost Interview, with plans to give it a limited theatrical release May 11 before rolling it out onto DVD and VOD later this summer. If that sounds vaguely familiar, perhaps it’s because the video has already hit theaters once before — Landmark Theaters dropped it in select locations for two days last fall.
Steve Jobs: The Lost Interview isn’t really a feature film in the traditional sense, but rather an unedited 70-minute interview with the late Apple co-founder. Filmmaker Robert X. Cringely sat down with Jobs in 1995 for a TV miniseries titled Triumph of the Nerds: The Rise of Accidental Empires, but only a small portion wound up being used for that project and the rest was assumed to be lost until just last year. Hit the jump for more details on the film, plus a brand-new teaser.
Posted on Friday, April 27th, 2012 by Russ Fischer
The internet meme comparing Ashton Kutcher with Steve Jobs will soon turn into a weird reality in the indie biopic of the late Apple co-founder, Jobs: Get Inspired. (That’s a working title.) News of Kutcher’s casting, which hit on April 1, was assumed to be a joke at first, but Jobs producer Mark Hulme and director Joshua Michael Stern aren’t joking. Hulme said “we needed an actor who could carry not only the youthfulness of Jobs at the time but also the psychological complexity. Because of that, and Ashton’s physical similarities to Jobs, he’s perfect for our film.”
Now the guys behind Jobs have chosen an actor to play Steve Wozniak, who co-founded Apple with Jobs. Their pick is Josh Gad, star of the Broadway smash The Book of Mormon. Read More »
Posted on Monday, April 16th, 2012 by Angie Han
It remains to be seen whether or not Ashton Kutcher really can pull off the role of Steve Jobs – I’m still skeptical — but at least now we have a little more detail about the circumstances under which the Two and a Half Men star will be playing the late Apple founder. In a recent interview, first-time producer Mark Hulme spilled the beans on the movie’s focus, what he saw in Kutcher, which other real-life tech gurus will be represented in the film, and more.
Posted on Sunday, April 1st, 2012 by Russ Fischer
This sounds like an April Fools’ joke, but Jeff Sneider of Variety insists that it is not. (“The timing of the story is unfortunate but this information is CONFIRMED,” Sneider tweeted.) So here’s how the late Apple co-founder will hit the big screen: via the grinning mug of current Two and a Half Men and former That ’70s Show star Ashton Kutcher, who will play Steve Jobs in an indie simply called Jobs. Read More »
Posted on Tuesday, February 28th, 2012 by Germain Lussier
When Steve Jobs died in October of last year, it was a blow to us all. The loss was felt especially hard at Pixar, the successful film company he helped not only create, but isolate from the Hollywood machine. John Carter, directed by one of Pixar’s most prolific directors, Andrew Stanton, comes out next week and though it’s not Pixar, the film is dedicated to the memory of the legendary businessman and inventor. During the credits, a card says:
Dedicated to the Memory of Steve Jobs, an Inspiration to Us All
At a recent press junket, Stanton was asked why he decided to dedicated Carter to Jobs and his answer was both logisically sound and beautifully poignant. Read it after the jump. Read More »