See Michael Fassbender as ‘Steve Jobs’ in first movie trailer

Steve Jobs is an upcoming biographical drama film based on the life of Apple Inc. co-founder Steve Jobs, starring Michael Fassbender in the title role.

The film is directed by Danny Boyle, produced by Scott Rudin, and based on a screenplay written by Aaron Sorkin. It will be released on October 9, 2015, four days after the anniversary of his death.

According to Universal’s press release, the film is “set backstage at three iconic product launches and ending in 1998 with the unveiling of the iMac, the film takes us behind the scenes of the digital revolution to paint an intimate portrait of the brilliant man at its epicenter.”

The film’s first trailer was released on Sunday, May 17th:

MacDailyNews Take: Fingers crossed.

The whole “ending it in 1998” still seems strange. Is there going to be a sequel? After all, some of the most-world-changing stuff (OS X, iPod, iTunes Store, iPhone, iPad, etc.), not to mention one of the most tragic early deaths in history, happened after 1998.

24 Comments

  1. I’m assuming that the reason it ends at the introduction of the iMac was because that was the moment Jobs returned to Apple and began his final ascent. There is the initial rise, forming Apple; descent, getting fired and Next; and then his return (rebirth?) when he took over Apple again. While the iPhone was a huge moment for Apple (and Steve Jobs), I’m not sure it was or is a dramatic moment in Steve Jobs life. The iMac introduction makes sense for a dramatic point–Steve was reinvented and he reinvented Apple by that point and it took off to become what it is now.

    1. The voice over said it all. “Steve, no one sees the world like you do!”

      Apple univ. so the execs at Apple can see the world like Steve did.

  2. Fassbender can act, but he doesn’t look anything like Steve Jobs and I don’t know if he’ll be able to capture that trademark “cat that ate the canary” look that Steve Jobs exuded in his younger days.

    If you watch that video from 1984 where he introduces the original Macintosh, that’s vintage Jobs.

    1. I’m also wondering how the public is going to deal with watching what is actually a three act, three scene play. The thought of having all the various Jobs-isms and Apple-isms over the course of time crammed into three distinct moments is already making me cringe.

            1. I lived in Ireland a year so well know it probably more than you do despite your “Irish Person” nom de plume which I suspect is more “Trollville Person” than the Emerald Isle. (And I was obviously kidding.)

  3. I would’ve loved Bale in the role… and even though I’m overly critical of Apple’s recent slew of management mistakes and faulty launches… I have to give credit where its due. This looks abundantly cool!

    1. Apple has never been and will never be perfect. But perspective points out exactly why Apple is ascendant and the raft of self-destructive bad biznizziz are envious and oblivious. Thank you Apple for remaining Apple despite having to sail through a sea of garbage.

  4. For those who are worried about this film, remember you still have the Ashton Kutcher ((shudder)) version. Michael Fassbender, Arron Sorkin and Danny Boyle… Oscars here they come.

    1. Danny Boyle is a godawful director, and sick in the head besides. Doesn’t anyone remember the opening Olympics ceremony in GB that he directed a few years ago. They actually did a song and dance routine that celebrated socialized medicine.

      Steve Jobs was American. The best directors are American, and the director on this should have been American. Moreover, a well-cast American actor would have been superior to getting a paddy or any other European substance.

    1. Just finished reading it. After reading several other books about Jobs (including Isaacsson’s), as well as a lot of online material, I was expecting little new in this one.

      As Steve Jack (a.k.a. MDN) says, this one seems the definitive biography. It certainly delivers details about his personality in much more plastic, human and personal way than the objective, dry narrative of Isaacsson. More importantly, Schlender is a very skilled writer who can set up an emotional scene much more skilfully than others. There are many moments in the book that, even though by now very well know to most Apple fans, still come across as profoundly moving, even suspenseful.

      In the coming years / decades, we’ll probably see more documentaries on Jobs. With Schlender’s book, the future filmmakers will have plenty of inspiring material to draw on for the script.

  5. I am virtually certain that majority of regulars here will be disappointed by the film (mostly by factual accuracy in it). MDN readers know the life story of Steve Jobs down to some most obscure details. There is no doubt that his life story makes for a great filmmaking material. However, Sorkin and Boyle are strong-minded filmmakers. They will not hesitate to twist and bend the story of Jobs in any direction in order to make it more dramatic. The film will likely show overall personality of Jobs rather accurately, but I expect the details of his life story quite significantly changed, omitted (or invented) in order to properly support a dramatic arc that takes us from the garage in Palo Alto to Moscone Centre in SF.

    Folks, be prepared for some disappointments.

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