Ashton Kutcher has found his nemesis. Entertainment Weekly‘s Inside Movies blog is reporting that Matthew Modine will play John Sculley in upcoming Steve Jobs biopic called jOBS. As Jobsian scholars will recall, Mr. Sculley was the former Pepsi CEO personally recruited by Jobs in 1983 with the pitch, “Do you want to sell sugared water for the rest of your life? Or do you want to come with me and change the world?” Um, door number 2?
Jobs resigned after clashing with Sculley, who was forced out in 1993–a move we imagine will be accompanied by a triumphant classical score.
jOBS is supposed to start filming soon–well ahead of Aaron Sorkin’s Steve Jobs biopic, which will be based in part on Walter Isaacson’s Jobs-approved tome.
The dueling films means Mr. Jobs will join an elite club of Steve Prefontaine, Truman Capote, and Marilyn Monroe, who also got the big screen treatment twice in a row. Could Zuck be next? Maybe a post-IPO rags-to-riches story about a poor, maligned billionaire who grows up to become Lord Zuck of Menlo Prime.