updated 09:01 pm EDT, Fri May 18, 2012
Modifies title to 'jOBS,' now a made-for-TV feature
The independent biopic of Apple co-founder and former CEO Steve Jobs starring Ashton Kutcher that begins filming next month has modified its title to simply jOBS with the "Get Inspired" portion that was previous thought to be part of the title now identified as just a tagline. The low-budget production from Five Star Feature Films says it will commence principle photography next month, including the actual Los Altos home of Jobs' parents, including the garage that started it all.
The garage at the Jobs' home was Apple's official listed headquarters during its early days before the fledgling company moved to rented office space in Cupertino to build the Apple II. The movie, said now to be planned as a made-for-TV film, will cover a period of about 30 years in Jobs' life from around 1970 to 2000, from his formative years and founding of Apple through to his return to the company and first successes under his second term as CEO.
The company says in a statement that it is committed to an accurate and authentic look at Jobs and the people in his life at various periods, and calls the film "dark, honest and uncompromising" with a narrative that "pulls no punches and does not speculate" on its subject. In addition to casting Kutcher (who bears a resemblance) as Jobs, unconfirmed reports suggest that Book of Mormon star Josh Gad could be cast as Steve Wozniak in the film. Executive producer Mark Hulme has said that he expects the film to be complete before the end of the year.
Sony Pictures is also planning a movie about Jobs, a multi-million dollar production based on Walter Isaacson's biography. The Social Network screenwriter Aaron Sorkin is to write the screenplay, but no casting or schedule announcements have been made.