“The first movie about Apple’s legendary co-founder got a warm reception at its world premiere on Friday, just 15 months after Steve Jobs’ death,” Piya Sinha-Roy reports for Reuters. “‘jOBS,’ starring ‘Two and a Half Men’ actor Ashton Kutcher as the tech and computer entrepreneur who revolutionized the way people listen to music and built Apple Inc into an international powerhouse, got a red carpet roll-out at the Sundance Film Festival ahead of hitting U.S. theaters on April 19.”
Sinha-Roy reports, “Hours before the screening, Apple co-founder Steve Wozniak said the movie appeared to misrepresent aspects of both his own and Jobs’ personalities and their early vision for the company. Wozniak was commenting after seeing a brief clip of an early scene that was released online on Thursday. ‘Totally wrong… The ideas of computers affecting society did not come from Jobs,’ Wozniak, who co-founded Apple with Jobs and Ronald Wayne in a California garage in 1976, told technology blog Gizmodo.com… ‘Book of Mormon’ star Josh Gad, who plays Wozniak, told Reuters on Friday’s red carpet that the filmmakers had tried to reach out to him to get his input on “jOBS,” but that Wozniak was ‘participating in another project about Steve Jobs.’ Wozniak is tied to a movie based on Walter Isaacson’s official biography ‘Steve Jobs,’ being developed by screen writer Aaron Sorkin of ‘The West Wing’ and ‘The Social Network’ fame. No release date or casting has been announced.”
“The audience on Friday warmly applauded the film following the screening,” Sinha-Roy reports. “Kutcher said he hoped Wozniak would look more kindly on the movie when he had seen the whole two hours. ‘I hope that when he sees the film, he feels that he was portrayed accurately, that the film accurately represents who he was and how he was, and more importantly, inspires people to go and build things,’ he said.”
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