Although a nationwide theatrical expansion is not expected until the end of October, the new biographical drama from Oscar-winning director Danny Boyle (Trainspotting, Slumdog Millionaire) titled Steve Jobs is opening to audiences in New York City and Los Angeles this week. The new film is based on the book of the same title by author Walter Isaacson, adapted for the screen by Oscar-winning screenwriter Aaron Sorkin (Charlie Wilson’s War, The Social Network), focusing not only on three pivotal points in Jobs’ career as a modern technological entrepreneur, but also on the affects it had on his personal and family life, as well as his health. Leading the cast as Jobs and his Apple co-founder Steve Wozniak are actors Michael Fassbender (Inglorious Basterds, 12 Years A Slave) and Seth Rogen (The Interview, Neighbors), with Oscar-winner Kate Winslet (Titanic, The Reader), Jeff Daniels (Speed, The Newsroom), Katherine Waterston (Michael Clayton, Inherent Vice), and Michael Stuhlbarg (Boardwalk Empire, Trumbo) making up the supporting cast. From the looks of the trailer, it looks to be a more brutally honest depiction of Jobs’ life and work and hopefully will have more success than the 2013 flop Jobs with Ashton Kutcher and Josh Gad as Jobs and Wazniak, but we’ll have to wait and see how audiences respond. Look for the movie in a theater near you this October 23rd.
Variety has recently reported that director Danny Boyle (Slumdog Millionaire, 127 Hours) will be taking over production of a new Steve Jobs biopic at Sony Pictures and that Christian Bale will be taking the lead role in the film. When Boyle had first come on he had originally been eying Leonardo DiCaprio to take the part, but that plan seems to have fallen flat and now Bale will be stepping in to portray the late Apple founder. The new project will be titled Jobs (even though there was a Steve Jobs movie that came out a few years ago with the same title starring Ashton Kutcher) and screenwriter Aaron Sorkin seems to be pretty confident that this project will be much better than Kutcher’s movie. Stay tuned.
The biographical pic Jobs, starring Ashton Kutcher as the late computer innovator, opened in theaters across the country this week to some harsh reviews but decent box office scores. The movie has so far secured $2 million in nationwide ticket sales, coming in 6th this week behind The Butler (which has already made $8 million!), Kick-Ass 2, We’re The Millers, Elysium, and Planes. Apple co-founder Steve Wozniak, however, was not impressed with the movie and said that despite its entertaining quality, he wouldn’t personally recommend the film to anybody. According to Wozniak (who refused to collaborate on the film because a script had already been written), the film, and Ashton Kutcher, portrayed Jobs to be a naturally gifted genius, without the need for personal growth and development that lead up to his breakthrough technology that was the iPod.
Harsh words, but I guess Wozniak would be the most appropriate person to criticize considering Jobs played a crucial part in his life. He did maintain, however, that the movie held his attention and was entertaining to an extent, so if you’re an Ashton Kutcher or Steve Jobs fan it might still be worth your time to go see it anyway; just know you’re about to be told a story that may not be entirely accurate. There is supposedly another Jobs movie that will be coming out in which Wozniak is said to be providing some personal input, and then another film that rumors are flying around about, but for now this is the only publicity Steve Jobs will be getting for the immediate future. The Butler is projected to the top contender this week, having already made $8 million (excluding Saturday and Sunday sales) followed by Kick-Ass 2 which is already pushing $6 million.