Apple in Your Eye
Betabeat Goes Moviegoing
Just this weekend we were sitting around wondering when exactly someone would create another Steve Jobs biopic. We already have the indie one starring Ashton Kutcher and the fast-talking, sure-to-be-sexist incarnation dreamt up by Aaron Sorkin. What we really need is a third one that can make fun of the other two.
Luckily Funny or Die has come to our rescue, announcing that they’ll be putting a full-length comedic biopic about Mr. Jobs online on April 15th.
We almost missed it amid all the excitement, but yesterday Aaron Sorkin let slip a few more details regarding Sony’s upcoming biopic of Steve Jobs, based on that doorstop of a Walter Isaacson biography. For one thing, they’ve hired Woz as an advisor on matters both technical and Jobs-related.
It also sounds like Mr. Sorkin will once again be making free with the poetic license:
“I know so little about what I am going to write. I know what I am not going to write. It can’t be a straight ahead biography because it’s very difficult to shake the cradle-to-grave structure of a biography, ” Sorkin told Reuters in an interview for his upcoming HBO drama “The Newsroom.”
This is just going to be Citizen Kane, but with computers, isn’t it? Too bad Mr. Sorkin isn’t enough of a nerd to make Mr. Jobs’s blue box into the twenty-first century Rosebud.
There is a certain level of unenviable überfame at which every utterance and twitch merits a headline. Steve Jobs sent an email! Mark Zuckerberg wore a hoodie! On this plane of celebrity, every step is a statement.
Apple cofounder Steve Wozniak is one such überfamous personality. (We even covered the time he made $781 working from home.) Essentially retired, Mr. Wozniak, or Woz, as he’s lovingly called, is good-natured enough not to mind being used as a proxy for the tight lips at Apple. He also has a low filter between his brain and his mouth. Repeatedly shunned by his former cofounder, Mr. Wozniak continued to speak out—about the white iPhone, about Bing, about whatever—and made multiple appearances on reality TV. We noticed that today, the Woz is featured in no fewer than three stories on Google News, partly due to a speaking tour in Australia. Roundup time!