I can confirm that talks are down the road with Danny Boyle on the Aaron Sorkin-scripted Steve Jobs movie at Sony, based on Walter Isaacson’s book. The deal is by no means sealed, but the studio is moving quickly to get this to the start line. A report in THR says Leonardo DiCaprio is the choice to star, and his name was in circulation at the very beginning when the book first was optioned by Sony with producers Mark Gordon and Guymon Casady, who were joined by Scott Rudin when Sorkin came aboard to adapt. DiCaprio just committed to The Revenant with Alejandro Gonzalez Inarritu for fall, so the timing might not work. But this is a movie on a very fast track. Boyle’s repped by WME.
So tonight there are big scoops about how David Fincher walked away from the movie Sony and Scott Rudin are developing about Apple visionary Steve Jobs, based on the Walter Isaacson book. What an unusual outcome to a story that was almost completely the result of overeager journalists. I remember when the Fincher rumor first circulated on tracking boards, and while every trade called to check, only one broke the news, claiming a deal for the director was nearly done. Then another publication splashed a story that Christian Bale was Fincher’s top choice for the role, another nugget that came from these tracking board sheets that are becoming too much a staple of what ends up being published and accepted as fact. All along, people close to the project cautioned that while they’d gone to Fincher and he liked the script, the director had not committed. Fincher is famous for falling in and out of love with projects. Insiders in the Bale camp were steadfast that while they’d heard the rumors their guy was coveted, the actor never had a single conversation with anyone. I am not sure that ever changed. So the media christened a director who didn’t have the job, and then the media cast the actor. Not surprisingly, the media has made a big deal out of Fincher dropping out of a project he never signed on to direct (the exit rumor went out on …
Rumors over the last week have David Fincher circling the Aaron Sorkin-scripted Steve Jobs biopic based on the Walter Isaacson book about the Apple genius at Sony. Fincher hasn’t even had a meeting on the project yet, but he certainly has a close relationship with producer Scott Rudin from The Social Network. Will it happen? Who knows? At this point he read the script and they will have a conversation, and this is as far as this has gone — no negotiations at this point. But there is a rush right now to publish tips from tracking boards that make it difficult to not be compelled to run every single rumor.
EXCLUSIVE: Paradigm has signed Joshua Michael Stern. He directed JOBS, the film that starred Ashton Kutcher as Apple wunderkind Steve Jobs. Stern writes and directs his projects, and also he often generates the financing. JOBS, his third film, closed the 2013 Sundance Film Festival and was released in August by Open Road Films. Before that, he co-wrote and directed Disney’s Swing Vote, the Capra-esque fable that starred Kevin Costner as a working-class slacker in a small New Mexico border town whose vote will decide a presidential election. Stern made his feature debut with the 2005 Toronto pic Neverwas. Stern came from CAA.
Billionaire Julian Robertson, who created Tiger Management Corp, told CNBC’s Maria Bartiromo that Walter Isaacson’s 2011 biography of the Apple founder changed his view about investing in the company. “How can you create a great organization of people and be that mean a person?…He was really a pretty terrible guy.” Robertson says that Steve Jobs was a “genius,” and concedes that “if he were still there I’d still be in it.” But without him, Robertson says, the company is left with a “bad culture [and] bad principles.”
CBS This Morning‘s Charlie Rose has a fascinating interview this morning with Oracle CEO Larry Ellison. The billionaire describes the late Apple CEO Steve Jobs — his former best friend — as “our Edison…our Picasso” and adds that under Tim Cook the company “will not be nearly so successful.” Ellison also attacks Google CEO Larry Page: Google’s Android operating system infringes on Oracle’s copyrights for Java, the company says.
The Steve Jobs biopic opens next week, and we finally have the first new full trailer in nearly six weeks. And this one, boldly titled “An American Legend,” is decidedly more light-hearted than its predecessor. Ashton Kutcher stars in Jobs as the man who co-founded Apple Computer, was booted out by its board and returned to become one of the most revered creative entrepreneurs of the 20th century. Directed by Joshua Michael Stern and written by Matthew Whiteley, the film — which Open Road picked up ahead of its Sundance premiere — also stars Dermot Mulroney, Josh Gad, Lukas Haas, J.K. Simmons and Matthew Modine. It hits theaters August 16:
Open Road is boasting the first-ever Instagram movie trailer with its new 15-second social media spot for Jobs, starring Ashton Kutcher as Apple co-founder Steve Jobs. It trumps the blink-and-you’ll-miss-it 6-second blitz of Twitter‘s Vine app, which just a few months back was positioning itself as Hollywood’s hip new marketing tool. Or does it? Jobs hits theaters August 16. Watch:
Open Road has released a new trailer for JOBS, the film that stars Ashton Kutcher as Apple genius Steve Jobs. The movie is certainly getting some buzz before its August 16 debut, as Steve Wozniak (who is portrayed by Josh Gad) appeared on Piers Morgan Live last night and vowed to keep an open mind about the film until he watched it. The pic debuted at Sundance and chronicles Jobs’ ascension from college dropout to one of the most revered creative entrepreneurs of the 20th century. Directed by Joshua Michael Stern and written by Matthew Whiteley, JOBS stars Kutcher, Dermot Mulroney, Gad, Lukas Haas, J.K. Simmons and Matthew Modine.
Open Road, which made a pre-Sundance service deal with Five Star Films to release JOBS in April before pulling the film back because of insufficient time to market it right by rushing, now has set the release for August 16. Ashton Kutcher stars as the Apple visionary Steve Jobs. Here’s the official word:
Open Road Films will release JOBS – the highly anticipated film chronicling the story of Steve Jobs’ ascension from college dropout to one of the most revered creative entrepreneurs of the 20th century – nationwide on August 16, 2013. JOBS details the major moments and defining characters that influenced Steve Jobs on a daily basis from 1971 through 2001. The film plunges into the depths of his character, creating an intense dialogue-driven story that is as much a sweeping epic as it is an immensely personal portrait of Steve Jobs’ life. Directed by Joshua Michael Stern, written by Matthew Whiteley, JOBS was shot by Oscar-winning cinematographer Russell Carpenter and produced by Mark Hulme. JOBS stars Ashton Kutcher, Dermot Mulroney, Josh Gad, Lukas Haas, J.K. Simmons and Matthew Modine.
BREAKING: The release date of the Steve Jobs biopic that stars Ashton Kutcher has quietly been postponed. jOBS, which closed the Sundance Film Festival this year, had been set by Five Star Films and its distributor Open Road for April 19. It has moved off that date, and a new date has not been determined. Five Star made a service release deal with Open Road before the festival started, and the film’s backers were eager to release on the month marks the 37th anniversary of Jobs founding Apple. They’ve found instead that there wasn’t enough time to prepare for a proper release and create buzz for the film. The pic, directed by Joshua Michael Stern and written by Matthew Whiteley, details the major moments and defining characters that influenced Jobs covering the years 1971-2001.
Here is a trailer for the film:
EXCLUSIVE: Aaron Sorkin has dropped out of the Broadway production of Houdini, on which he was to make his librettist debut for a musical slated to star Hugh Jackman as the famous magician. Sorkin has put a lot of work into the musical, but had to drop out because of scheduling. He had to go back and write the second season of his HBO series creation The Newsroom, which will be broadcast in the summer. He’s also hard at work adapting the Walter Isaacson book Steve Jobs for a feature film for Sony Pictures on the Apple genius.
That left him pressed to have enough time to finish the musical in time for the producer’s plan to open on Broadway during the 2013-2014 season. Sorkin’s reps are in conversations with the Houdini producers for them to continue developing the musical utilizing Sorkin’s initial concepts and other materials. Stephen Schwartz is writing the music and Scott Sanders and David Rockwell are producing.
Ashton Kutcher stars as Apple visionary Steve Jobs in the Joshua Michael Stern-directed jOBS, which premieres Friday as the closing film at Sundance. In this first-look clip, Kutcher walks and talks through the parking garage of Hewlett-Packard trying to convince future Apple co-founder Steve Wozniak (Josh Gad) to push forward with his work on an operating system with commercial potential: “How does somebody know what they want if they’ve never even seen it?” Open Road just announced it will release the pic wide April 19.
Aaron Sorkin has provided a glimpse of his plans for the Steve Jobs biopic he’s adapting for the big screen based on Walter Isaacson’s biography of the legendary Apple co-founder. He told Tina Brown today during the Newsweek/Daily Beast Hero Summit in Washington, D.C. that the movie will be three scenes only, all set before three major product launches. Here’s video of the interview:
Apple reported disappointing Q4 results last week and shares were down about 9.5% over the last month as investors wondered whether the company can continue to fly high. On Monday, in its biggest management shake-up in years, Apple announced the departure of software chief Scott Forstall and retail head John Browett. Forstall, who oversaw the launch of the flawed Apple Maps this year and the Siri voice-enabled assistant had often been described as an heir-apparent to Steve Jobs, but is said to have clashed with management since Jobs’ death. He’ll leave next year and serve as an advisor to Apple CEO Tim Cook in the interim. Eddy Cue, who helped create the iTunes music store and the App Store, becomes responsible for Siri and Maps in the wake of Forstall’s departure. A new search is underway to replace Browett with the retail team reporting directly to Cook in the meantime. The company said the changes, which give increased responsibility to a number of execs, will “encourage even more collaboration between the Company’s world-class hardware, software and services teams.”Jony Ive, head of industrial design, will also oversee Human Interface across the company. Bob Mansfield will lead Technologies, a new group that combines all of Apple’s wireless teams and Craig Federighi will lead iOS and OS X, combining the mobile and desktop operating systems in one team.
Lorraine Nicholson has signed on to Attachment. The daughter of one of Hollywood’s biggest stars, Lorraine will play Sharon Stone’s daughter onscreen in the Tony Kaye-directed film. Attachment tells the tale of a good girl gone bad after be set up by her mother’s rotten lover. Christopher Denham wrote the script for Attachment. Panther Films’ Brad Epstein is producing. Adam Krentzman and W2 Media will executive produce. Nicholson, who recently starred in Soul Surfer, is repped by ICM Partners and managed by Trilogy Talent.
Aaron Sorkin said today that he had a lot of hesitation about tackling a movie about Steve Jobs. “It is a little like writing about The Beatles,” Sorkin said at the AllThingsD conference this morning. Sorkin said he “saw a minefield of disappointment” from Jobs aficionados in taking on the script for the recently announced film based on Walter Isaacson’s bestselling biography. While the Oscar winner says it’s difficult “to shake the cradle to grave” approach of a book like Isaacson’s when adapting it for the screen, Sorkin says his approach is “going to identify the point of friction that appeals to me.” Sorkin, who received blowback for liberties he took with the actual life of Mark Zuckerberg in 2010’s The Social Network, told the conference crowd that they should think of biopics as “a painting, not a photograph.”
Problem is, Apple CEO Tim Cook won’t say what they are. He told the AllThingD conference tonight that he has never been so amazed as he is by “all the things I cannot talk about today.” In fact, Cook said the notoriously tight-lipped Apple would “double down on secrecy on products”. On the TV front, however, Cook made no secret of his enthusiasm for Steve Jobs’ pledge to change television with Apple TV like iTunes changed music. “We have a good relationship with the content owners,” Cook replied when asked about Apple and the Hollywood studios. “I’ve met with several of them recently; they were talking about what more we could do with them.” (Cook made a point of noting his respect for what Apple board member Bob Iger has accomplished at Disney.) Cook wouldn’t disclose what those discussions with Hollywood were about, except to say, “most people would say that TV is not an area of their life they are completely pleased with.”
CULVER CITY, Calif., May 15, 2012 – Academy Award® winning screenwriter Aaron
Sorkin will adapt Steve Jobs, a motion picture based on the best-selling
biography of the legendary Apple co-founder by award-winning journalist Walter
Isaacson, it was announced today by Amy Pascal, Co-Chairman of Sony Pictures
Entertainment, and Doug Belgrad, President of Columbia Pictures. The project is
being produced by Mark Gordon, Scott Rudin and Guymon Casady.
Published late last year, Steve Jobs was Amazon’s best-selling book of 2011. In
addition, the biography ranked #1 among bestselling hardcover books by a 2:1
margin, with sales of 2,246,569 in 2011, according to Publisher’s
Commenting on the announcement, Pascal said, “Steve Jobs’ story is unique: he
was one of the most revolutionary and influential men not just of our time but
of all time. There is no writer working in Hollywood today who is more capable
of capturing such an extraordinary life for the screen than Aaron Sorkin; in his
hands, we’re confident that the film will be everything that Jobs himself was:
captivating, entertaining, and polarizing.”
AARON SORKIN won the Academy Award® for Best Adapted Screenplay for his work
on The Social Network. His other screenplays includeMoneyball, Charlie Wilson’s
War, The American President, Malice, and A Few Good Men. He has also acquired
the motion picture rights to The Politician, the best-selling book by Andrew
Young about the downfall of former Senator John Edwards. He will adapt the book
and make his directorial debut with the film, which he will