The much-anticipated movie about Steve Jobs may actually be moving forward now, as a cast has been announced, a synopsis shared, and production reportedly started. Michael Fassbender has been cast to play the tech giant, alongside Seth Rogen and Kate Winslet, giving the biopic some star power behind it. After changing directors, studio, and cast, there was a considerable amount of doubt as to whether the film would ever actually get made, but the latest developments are beginning to dispel those doubts. The screenplay was written by Aaron Sorkin, and the Director chosen is Danny Boyle, who had at one point walked away from the project after continued delays with Sony. He is back in the fold, however and it has been announced that filming began on Tuesday.
Rogen will play the part of Steve Wozniak, Jobs’ partner and co-founder of Apple. Winslet will play Joanna Hoffman, who was a marketing manager for Macintosh. Also reportedly having joined the cast is Jeff Daniels as John Sculley, the one-time CEO of Apple, and Michael Stuhlbarg playing the part of Andy Hertzfeld. Universal has gone all-out to ensure that the film has a collection of talent behind it, and is hoping that when it debuts in 2016, it will be able to ride that decision all the way to the bank. While nobody is saying it now, the investment in this type of cast will certainly be raising expectations of award nominations as well. Of course, the thing has to get made.
Originally slated to be a Sony production with David Fincher directing and Leonardo DiCaprio in the starring role, there have been some massive changes to the plan. Fincher allegedly left the project because of contract negotiations not going the way he wanted. It has been reported that he was asking for an up-front payment of $10 million, as well as the right to have complete control of the marketing. He supposedly left when his terms were not accepted. DiCaprio supposedly decided to do the film, The Revenant instead. It was announced that Christian Bale would be taking over in the role, but he backed out in November, opening the door for Fassbender, who actually looks the part a good deal more than either of the others. Boyle was reportedly not enthusiastic about the casting choice of Fassbender, but he has apparently come around since and embraced the Sony’s decision.
There has been a lot of debate about how the film ought to be done. The decision to present the film as three scenes in real-time is being seen as a little bit of a risk, but one which everyone involved who is speaking in public believes will be successful. Forefront in the minds of just about everyone is that no matter what, it must be better than the much maligned attempt from 2013 to tell the Steve Jobs story starring Aston Kutcher, jobs. With the cast and director that Universal has lined up, however, most are confident that Steve Jobs will far exceed the success of that offering.
By Jim Malone
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