‘Steve Jobs’ biopic makers shooting for ‘a portrait rather than a photograph’

“When Steve Jobs hits movie theaters on Oct. 9, it will be the second film inspired on the innovator’s life in the space of just two years, on top of two existing biographies, a September documentary by Alex Gibney and a 2017 opera in Santa Fe,” Julia Zorthian reports for TIME Magazine. “But Steve Jobs will be the most authoritatively credentialed movie portrait by far.”

Zorthian reports, “In anticipation of the release, Lev Grossman spoke with writer Aaron Sorkin, director Danny Boyle and Jobs actor Michael Fassbender for the Sept. 7 issue of TIME.”

Michael Fassbender will not look like Steve Jobs — and the filmmakers are rolling with it

Fassbender does not share many of Steve Jobs’ well-known features, such as the dark hair and long nose. While Ashton Kutcher shared a striking resemblance with Apple’s cofounder and CEO in the 2013 movie Jobs, Boyle says the creative team of Steve Jobs is going for “a portrait…rather than a photograph.”

“We decided that I didn’t look anything like him, and that we weren’t going to try to make me look anything like him,” Fassbender adds. “We just wanted to try to encapsulate the spirit and make our own thing of it.”

Much more in the full article here.

MacDailyNews Take: Again, we’re hoping it’s the work of art that Steve Jobs’ legacy deserves.

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Universal Pictures announces full cast of ‘Steve Jobs’ as biopic begins shooting – January 28, 2015
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John Sculley: Forcing Steve Jobs out of Apple was a mistake – April 18, 2014
John Sculley: I wish I told Steve Jobs ‘This is your company, let’s figure out how you can come back and be CEO’ – Septemeber 13, 2011
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  1. I said it before this is a Godawful trailer, I hope that the movie isn’t as bad.

    The sensationalist trailer seems to just take the negatives in including lies of Jobs.
    The GUI was NOT stolen. Apple BOUGHT the foundations of it from Xerox with shares and developed it much further.
    The trailer shows Jobs as an idiot “can’t hammer a nail ‘, who is dumber than his staff (they have the last word), mistreats his friends and who is only successful because of nutty foot stomping Fanboys. A person like that had talent like Cook, Ive etc work for him for years? There are 1 billion iOS devices sold, all to crazed fanboys?

    Like I said hope the movie isn’t like the trailer but I suspect it is.

  2. I won’t prejudge the movie. I didn’t know him, but one time I encountered him hurrying past in a narrow hallway. We made eye contact. Sometimes, your entire perception of a person is based on such a fleeting glance, pregnant with unearthed meanings. Some know this phenomenon as “love at first sight”.

    When the movie comes out, I’ll be looking for the humane spark that reminds me of that momentary encounter. If the emotion is there, that’s verisimilitude enough for me.

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