Thursday, January 03, 2013

Seeing Double: Steve Jobs Edition

I'm always looking for examples of Hollywood producing two movies on the same topic (check out my "Seeing Double" series for many, many examples of this strange phenomenon).

So I have to weigh in on the fact that two Steve Jobs biopics are in the works.

Kutcher as Jobs. Photo courtesy of Open Road Films.

jOBS — the curiously capitalized biopic starring Ashton Kutcher as Apple Computer co-founder Steve Jobs — has landed a distribution deal with Open Road Films, the studio announced today. 
Already set to close the 2013 Sundance Film Festival, the independently financed film is aiming to arrive in theaters in April 2013. Joshua Michael Stern (Swing Vote) directed from first-time feature writer Matt Whiteley’s script, which covers Jobs’ life from the early days of Apple in 1971 up to 2000, after Jobs triumphantly returned to run the struggling company. (Screenwriter Aaron Sorkin is working on a separate project based on Walter Isaacson’s 2011 biography.) 
The film co-stars Dermot Mulroney, Josh Gad, Lukas Haas, J.K. Simmons, James Woods, Lesley Ann Warren, and Matthew Modine.
Like many people, I have concerns about Ashton Kutcher playing Jobs and the title's idiotic capitalization.

I also was more excited about seeing Sorkin's take on the story, especially given his access to Jobs' definitive biography.

Now I have to wonder if Sorkin's film will ever get made. You'll recall that there was supposed to be a second Harvey Milk film called "The Mayor of Castro Street," but it was scrapped after getting beat out by "Milk."