Well, I guess we have two Steve Jobs biopics to salivate over. Although Sony (and, possibly, Aaron Sorkin) have been developing a film on the innovator’s life — which will find root in Walter Isaacson‘s book from last October — Variety reports that Ashton Kutcher (don’t worry about the date up above) is leading an indie take on the same story, titled Jobs. Joshua Michael Stern (Swing Vote) is directing, Five Star Institute will produce, and production kicks off this May.
The scope of Matt Whitely‘s script — one of the most important things in any biopic — hasn’t been divulged, the note that we’ll see his days “from wayward hippie to co-founder of Apple” being excepted. So, does it go past the company’s co-founding? (The most interesting of Jobs’ days only begin at this point.) We’ll have to wait and see.
Kutcher, while unconventional, isn’t a choice I actually have much passion about — something that’s reflective of his general work as an actor, actually. He’s there, he reads his lines, I can basically buy him, but I can definitely forget him. Steve Jobs deserves more than that in an onscreen portrayal — so, obviously, I hope he can deliver something above and beyond what we normally expect. If not, Sony awaits.
How do you feel about Kutcher as a pick for Jobs?
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