Title For Steve Jobs Movie Starring Ashton Kutcher Is ‘Jobs: Get Inspired’, Will Cover Apple From 1971-2000
The working title for the independent Steve Jobs film featuring Ashton Kutcher is ‘Jobs: Get Inspired’. The film’s producer Mark Hulme of Five Star Institute spoke to Neowin about the project.
The Steve Jobs movie is something we are already thoroughly looking forward to here at Redmond Pie, even after the news that man-child Ashton Kutcher is to play the Apple co-founder. During an interview with the movie’s producer, Mark Hulme, Neowin has managed to uncover a couple of facts which have gone some way to tempering our excitement, though.
As if the Kutcher factor was not enough to set the alarm bells ringing, Hulme shared with our friends at Neowin that the movie will begin filming as soon as next month. Great news indeed, but things get a little more worrying after that. Apparently, and this is straight from the horse’s mouth, the movie is expected to be completed and available for our perusal as soon as the fourth quarter. That’s a pretty quick turnaround for a movie that is set to span thirty years in the life of arguably America’s highest achieving CEOs.
Joshua Michael Stern is known for directing the comedy Swing Vote. Why was he picked to direct Jobs?
We wanted a director who could not only buy into and execute our vision for the film but could also work within our framework as an independent film company. After several meetings with Josh we were confident we had found both a brilliant and collaborative director. As an experienced writer and director Josh has a masterful understanding of the process of film making.
Ashton Kutcher is, obviously, a huge Hollywood actor and he must have his pick of projects to choose from. First, why do you think he is your choice for playing Steve Jobs?
Since our film covers the early years of Apple, when Jobs was in his 20′s, we needed an actor who could carry not only the youthfulness of Jobs at the time but also the psychological complexity. Because of that, and Ashton’s physical similarities to Jobs, he’s perfect for our film.
Second, was it hard to get him to agree to play the role in a relatively small independent film about Jobs’ life?
When Ashton read the script he was immediately attracted to the project. He is a Steve Jobs and Apple fan, and is technologically savvy, as well, so he recognized the historical importance of Steve Jobs and the potential of the project. He is very excited to have the role.
If you are paying attention, you will have noticed we just said that the movie will span thirty years. According to Hulme, we can expect the movie to cover Jobs’ life from 1971 to the year 2000 which just so happens to be the same timespan that Pirates of Silicon Valley covered a few years ago. Anyone hoping for an insight into the arrival of the iPhone, the iPad or even Jobs’ battle with the cancer that eventually killed him, will be sorely disappointed. We count ourselves as being firmly in that camp, and we now find ourselves rather underwhelmed about the whole thing.
Sony is also working on its own biopic of Steve Jobs which is not expected to be ready for another couple of years. Hulme says he is not concerned about the upcoming competition due to the considerable time between the two impending releases. If Sony’s effort is simply better though – and it won’t feature Kutcher, so that is entirely possible – then Hulme would do well to consider the competition when putting his own work together.