Battle of the Jobs: Kutcher beats Sorkin at the box office

It’s no secret that Aaron Sorkin and Danny Boyle’s Steve Jobs has been a massive flop in theaters, but an interesting comparison with the notorious Ashton Kutcher-starring biopic Jobs shows something surprising: Kutcher’s movie may ultimately emerge the box office winner. Steve Jobs has so far made $17.8 million at the box office since its […]

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Steve Jobs director: We were arrogant to release movie like we did

Danny Boyle, director of the unfortunate box office bomb Steve Jobs, has said that people involved with the movie were guilty of behaving in an “arrogant” way. Why? Not through twisting the truth, or painting an unfairly unflattering portrait of Apple’s late CEO as some have suggested — but rather opening the movie wide as […]

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Steve Jobs movie is unceremoniously dumped out of theaters

Aaron Sorkin and Danny Boyle’s Steve Jobs movie had another disastrous showing at the box office over the weekend. With earnings declining more than 69 percent from the previous weekend to just $823,000, the movie was dumped from 2,072 screens — more than any other film. By comparison, the new Bond movie Spectre took $73 million in its opening […]

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Laurene Powell Jobs Tried to Kill New ‘Steve Jobs’ Film, Friends Object to Portrayals

With the release of Danny Boyle’s Steve Jobs starting in just a few days, a new report from The Wall Street Journal states that a handful of Steve Jobs’ „allies,“ centering on his widow Laurene Powell Jobs, attempted to shut down the movie before its release. Going so far back as to when it was in the hands of Sony, she lobbied the various production companies the script passed through – ending with the movie’s distributor, Universal Pictures– in attempts to prevent its eventual release.

The report describes the objections of Powell Jobs and others to the new movie and several others as depicting Jobs as „cruel and inhumane“ with scripts and stories that „play down his accomplishments“ in preference for entertainment over accuracy. Among those speaking out against the films is Jobs’ close friend Bill Campbell:

“A whole generation is going to think of him in a different way if they see a movie that depicts him in a negative way,” said Campbell, a longtime Apple board member and friend of Mr. Jobs. Mr. Campbell hasn’t seen the film.

“If they want to make a drama, they shouldn’t do it at somebody else’s expense,” said Mr. Campbell. “He’s not there to defend himself.”

Apple CEO Tim Cook has also spoken out against the new movies, calling them „opportunistic“ during a recent appearance on The Late Show with Stephen Colbert. Screenwriter Aaron Sorkin objected to Cook’s characterization, stating Cook „had a lot of nerve“ making such an assessment when Apple has „a factory full of children in China assembling phones for 17 cents an hour,“ but he quickly apologized for the statement.

Steve Jobs producer Scott Rudin said that the crew behind the film offered a chance for Powell Jobs to be included in the film’s production and on set, but her dislike of the Walter Isaacson biography – from which Aaron Sorkin based his script – prevented her from becoming involved.

“She refused to discuss anything in Aaron’s script that bothered her despite my repeated entreaties,” producer Scott Rudin said in an emailed response to questions from The Wall Street Journal. He said Ms. Jobs “continued to say how much she disliked the book, and that any movie based on the book could not possibly be accurate.”

She has, however, apparently yet to see the film, as she declined an offer to screen the film in advance under a non-disclosure agreement.

The film still has a few supporters from Apple’s corporate past, including Steve Wozniak, who was paid $200,000 to consult on the film. Wozniak states that since the movie is about „Jobs and his personality,“ he believes that the filmmakers „did a great job.“ Although there were a few bumps in the road leading up to filming, Steve Jobs is earning largely positive reviews from a few early screenings, even generating Oscar buzz for star Michael Fassbender and his portrayal of Jobs.



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Andy Hertzfeld: Steve Jobs movie is ‘almost nothing’ like reality

Next to Steve Jobs, Andy Hertzfeld is the name I most associate with the original Macintosh project. For that reason, Hertzfeld is one of the characters portrayed in the new Aaron Sorkin Steve Jobs movie, as well as someone who got to see an early unfinished cut of the film. His take on it? That it’s […]

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Aaron Sorkin on ‘Steve Jobs’: ‘I Think We Made a Good Movie’

In a new interview with Wired, screenwriter Aaron Sorkin spoke freely on his job of being hired to pen the new Steve Jobs movie and all of the issues he had to face in writing about a person he didn’t know much about. Sorkin’s initial fear of tackling the film – hesitant to use the term „biopic“ – was in adapting Walter Isaacson’s comprehensive biography of Jobs into a traditional, three act structure, which he wasn’t entirely comfortable with.

When you’re doing a biopic, it’s very hard to shake the cradle-to-grave structure that audiences are so familiar with. People are going to come into the theater knowing that first we’re going to see a little boy with his father, and he’s looking into the window of the electronics store, and then we’re going to hit these famous signposts along the way in Steve Jobs’ life. Also, I’m not really a screenwriter; I’m a playwright who pretends to be a screenwriter. I’m most comfortable writing in claustrophobic pieces of geography and periods of time.

It was then that Sorkin emailed producer Scott Rudin, and pitched him the idea of taking some factual liberties with three of Jobs’ biggest product launches, and identifying „five or six conflicts in Steve’s life and have those conflicts play themselves out in these scenes backstage—in places where they didn’t take place.” Sorkin also hopes that the fans who are pre-judging the movie give it a chance and see that it won’t be „one big champagne toast to Steve Jobs.“

The screenwriter decided to use Jobs’ daughter Lisa as one of the doors into the former Apple CEO’s life, finding his initial refusal to accept paternity of his daughter hard to get past, but noting its integral quality to the backbone of the movie. Wired also asked Sorkin about his apparent growing reputation in Hollywood as the „go-to guy for the binary system,“ thanks to his work on another technology-inspired true-life story The Social Network.

This isn’t an origin story or an invention story. It’s not about how the Mac was invented. And The Social Network wasn’t about the technology that went into creating Facebook. Nonetheless, I knew that there was going to be no way I could write this movie without a lot of tutors. There are lines that I wrote in the movie that I don’t understand.

Ultimately, as the movie grows closer to release, Sorkin knows that Steve Jobs may be a divisive experience for a lot of fans of Apple.

There are going to be people who say we were rough on him, and there are going to be people who say we weren’t rough enough on him. But I think we made a good movie, and I think that if you asked 10 writers to write 10 movies about Steve Jobs, you’d get 10 different movies that wouldn’t resemble one another.

There have been a handful of stories in the news about the soon-to-be-released film, including some new behind-the-scenes footage and cast interviews, a public dispute between Sorkin and Apple CEO Tim Cook, and even the first reactions to the film as it made its debut at film festivals across the country.

The full Wired interview goes more in-depth with Sorkin, touching on topics like the film’s casting drama behind the scenes and even last year’s Sony hack and the repercussions it had for Steve Jobs and its cast and crew.



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Sorkin’s secret to writing Steve Jobs movie? Panic

By taking place as a series of backstage vignettes at different product launches, the upcoming Steve Jobs movie is sure to be different to any other Jobs movie we’ve seen before. In a new interview, screenwriter Aaron Sorkin laid out his reasons for writing the movie in the way he did. The secret? A whole […]

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Aaron Sorkin to Tim Cook: ‘You’ve got a lot of nerve’

Aaron Sorkin, the screenwriter for the upcoming Steve Jobs movie, didn’t hold back his feelings about Tim Cook’s recent comments. Sorkin said that Cook has “a lot of nerve” calling his film “opportunistic,” which seems to imply that the filmmakers are capitalizing on Steve Jobs’ death. Sorkin threw additional shots too. “Nobody did this movie to get rich,” Sorkin […]

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Steve Jobs movie isn’t really about Steve Jobs at all, says Kate Winslet

The Steve Jobs movie isn’t really about Steve Jobs at all, claims actress Kate Winslet, who plays Joanna Hoffman, the legendary Macintosh marketing chief, in the upcoming film. In a new interview, Winslet opens up about the movie, and says that it is more about one man’s ability to change the world — for better or worse. “Sorkin […]

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