Universal Pictures has set an October 9 release date for Steve Jobs, the film it jumped all over when Sony Pictures cooled on the idea of Michael Fassbender as the Apple genius, following flirtations with the more bankable Christian Bale and Leonardo DiCaprio. I have a feeling this might be one that Sony regrets letting get away, and Universal has almost stolen the Sony playbook on the last high-tech atom-splitting movie, The Social Network. That film opened October 1 after launching at the New York Film Festival.
This likely will be a similar buzzworthy movie, because people are endlessly curious about the late Jobs and because Slumdog Millionaire and 128 Hours‘ Danny Boyle is directing and Aaron Sorkin wrote the script. He also penned The Social Network, whose producer, Scott Rudin, is producing Steve Jobs along with Mark Gordon, Film 360’s Guymon Casady and Slumdog’s Christian Colson.
Based on the Walter Isaacson biography, the film is set backstage at three iconic product launches and ending in 1998 with the unveiling of the iMac and the center of the digital revolution. Fassbender plays Jobs, Kate Winslet is former Macintosh marketing chief Joanna Hoffman, Seth Rogen is Apple co-founder Steve Wozniak, and Jeff Daniels is former Apple CEO John Sculley. Inherent Vice‘s Katherine Waterston plays Jobs’ ex-girlfriend Chrisann Brennan, and Michael Stuhlbarg plays Andy Hertzfeld, one of the original members of the Apple Macintosh development team.
The biopic will open against the Warner Bros/New Line comedy reboot Vacation, Disney’s disaster-at-sea pic The Finest Hours and Fox’s Halle Berry thriller Kidnap.