Apple Co-Founder’s Allies Tried To Kill The Steve Jobs Movie
A new movie chronicling the life of Apple founder Steve Jobs is set to be released Oct. 9, but not everyone is happy.
Jobs’ widow Laurene Powell Jobs says the upcoming film “Steve Jobs” is not an accurate depiction of Steve Jobs, according to the Wall Street Journal.
Jobs hated the idea of the movie so much that she tried to lobby both Sony Pictures Entertainment and Comcast Corp.’s Universal Pictures in an attempt to make sure the movie never happened, the Journal reports. Ultimately her attempts were futile as the $33.5 million production will be released Friday.
Jobs isn’t the only person who is not pleased with the movie being released. Longtime Apple board member Bill Campbell said, “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.”
Apple Chief Executive Tim Cook echoed Campbell’s sentiments saying on the “Late Show” with Stephen Colbert, saying that he felt “a lot of people are trying to be opportunistic and I hate this.” (RELATED: Steve Jobs Is Kind Of An A**hole In This New Trailer [VIDEO])
Producers of the film say that Laurene Jobs had every opportunity to participate in the film, but she declined. Producer Scott Rudin told the Journal that Jobs “refused to discuss anything in Aaron’s script that bothered her despite my repeated entreaties.”
He added that Jobs “continued to say how much she disliked the book, and that any movie based on the book could not possibly be accurate.”
“Steve Jobs,” which stars Michael Fassbender in the title role and Seth Rogen co-starring, is being made by the same team that created “The Social Network” with Aaron Sorkin writing the script. Sorkin has indicated that he feels he did his due diligence in researching the kind of person Steve Jobs was. “When you’re writing about real people … you have a big responsibility,” said Sorkin.
Universal Pictures Chairman Donna Langley told the Wall Street Journal that, “The film was made with the utmost integrity and we are enormously proud of it.”
Apple co-founder Steve Wozniak consulted on the film and acknowledged that some artistic freedoms may have been taken with the film, but overall it stays true to who Jobs was, saying, “It’s about Jobs and his personality. I feel that it did a great job.”
Jobs was offered the opportunity to see the film, but turned it down upon the agreement that she must first sign a nondisclosure agreement.