updated 03:55 pm EDT, Sun April 15, 2012
First Jobs biopic to stop at year 2000
The first Steve Jobs biographical movie has had some of its initial details revealed in an interview with the producing company Five Star Institute's Mark Hulme. Tentatively titled Jobs: Get Inspired, the movie outlined to Neowin won't cover the entirety of his life, instead starting from when he began edging towards technology in 1971 and ending in 2000, just a few years after his return to Apple. Hulme characterized these as the "up and down years," before the iPod arrived and Apple's growth exploded.
The project had begun almost as soon as Jobs resigned as CEO in August of last year. It was spurred on by both creative and technology workers at Five Star being "consumed" by news of the transition. "I had never seen anything like that reaction... that was the spark," Hulme explained.
It had been helped by having "timing so right," the producer added, with people eager and willing to sign on. Director Joshua Michael Stern, more recently known for Swing Vote, was both eager to work in the needed timeframe and reportedly "brilliant." The actor representing Jobs himself, Ashton Kutcher, was already known to have been chosen partly out of availability in a break between Two and a Half Men shooting sessions, but he both matched the "youthfulness" of Jobs' early years and, as an Apple fan, was "excited" to sign on.
As expected, several important figures would factor into the story, including co-founder Steve Wozniak, former CEO John Sculley, and early employees Mike Markkula and Daniel Kottke. Who would play these roles hadn't been made public.
The title is due to start production as soon as May and could even be in theaters as soon as the fall, although distributors hadn't yet been lined up. If keeping to its schedule, the movie wouldn't be the most authoritative biopic of Jobs, but it would likely be the first to reach theaters after the late executive's death. Sony is exploring a movie based on Walter Isaacson's biography and might not be ready until much later.