“Four years after Steve Jobs’s death, a new movie is reopening a debate over the Apple Inc. co-founder’s legacy,” Ben Fritz and Daisuke Wakabayashi report for The Wall Street Journal. “Mr. Jobs’s allies, led by his widow, Laurene Powell Jobs, say the film ‘Steve Jobs,’ and other recent depictions, play down his accomplishments and paint Mr. Jobs as cruel and inhumane. Ms. Jobs repeatedly tried to kill the film, according to people familiar with the conversations. She lobbied, among others, Sony Pictures Entertainment, which developed the script but passed on the movie for financial reasons, and Comcast Corp.’s Universal Pictures, which is releasing the $33.5 million production on Friday. ‘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 Bill Campbell, a longtime Apple board member and friend of Mr. Jobs. Mr. Campbell hasn’t seen the film.”
“The film is based on a best-selling biography of Mr. Jobs by Walter Isaacson. Mr. Jobs cooperated with Mr. Isaacson while he was writing the book, but some friends and former colleagues, including Apple Chief Executive Tim Cook, have criticized it in recent months,” Fritz and Wakabayashi report. “Asked about the movie by ‘The Late Show’ host Stephen Colbert recently, Mr. Cook said, ‘I think a lot of people are trying to be opportunistic and I hate this.'”
“People behind ‘Steve Jobs’ say they offered to include Ms. Jobs in the film’s development, but she declined,” Fritz and Wakabayashi report. “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.'”
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MacDailyNews Take: This film, about which we were once hopeful (despite the fact that we hate Isaacson’s POS book as well), is sounding more and more like a nightmare with each passing day.
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