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Aaron Sorkin Is Writing STEVE JOBS!!

The Kidd here...

A FEW GOOD MEN, THE AMERICAN PRESIDENT, THE WEST WING, SPORTS NIGHT, THE SOCIAL NETWORK, MONEYBALL, STUDIO 60 ON THE SUNSET STRIP, THE NEWSROOM... Aaron Sorkin's credits are astounding, and you know when you see his writing as touched a particular project, it's going to be worth your time to invest in watching it. You know the dialogue is going to be fresh. You know the characters are going to be quick and interesting. You know it's not going to be formulaic. 

Well, now you can add STEVE JOBS to his stable, as Sony has announced the Oscar-winning screenwriter has been hired to adapt Water Isaacson's biography of the late face and co-founder of Apple. The book was constructed from Isaacson's time with Jobs, as he conducted more than 40 interviews over a two-year period with him, in addition to the numerous talks he had with family members, friends, adversaries, competitors, and colleagues. It's not always a completely flattering portrayal of Jobs, as it shows both his highs and lows, the good and the bad of the man who became so beloved by the cult of Mac. 

This is definitely something I'm looking forward to seeing...

The big questions now though are who will play Jobs, and who could possibly direct?

I've got my money on Meryl Streep for the former. 

 

-Billy Donnelly

"The Infamous Billy The Kidd"

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  • May 16, 2012, 9:25 a.m. CST

    Old news: Ashton Kutcher is playing Jobs

    by sunwukong86

  • May 16, 2012, 9:28 a.m. CST

    And the Steve Jobs corpse pimping continues???

    by Samuel Fulmer

    What next, will ol' Stevie Boy be CGI resurrected for some kind of horrifying Zemeckis uncanny valley take on early silicon valley.

  • May 16, 2012, 9:32 a.m. CST

    by Kevin

    Will they show the sweat shops?

  • May 16, 2012, 9:33 a.m. CST

    Yea, not that I care about anything Kutcher related

    by Bass Ackwards

    But I wonder how far this project will actually end up going since there's already a Jobs biopic that's going to hit theaters next year.

  • May 16, 2012, 9:35 a.m. CST

    by sanjuro78

    Ashton is playing Jobs in a rival film at a different company that has the misfortune of not being written ny Sorken.

  • May 16, 2012, 9:35 a.m. CST

    I hope there's a lot of walking down corridors

    by Mugato5150

    With everyone delivering fast, snappy dialog in the same voice. The type of dialog that would make Joss Whedon say, "Jesus, dial it back already with how clever you all are. Honest to blog". Can't we have biopic about people more interesting than the fucking Apple guy or the guy who made up Facebook? Aren't we do for another rock band bio? I vote for a Guns n Roses movie. If you read their respective books, they have some interesting fucking stories. I don't really care about some turtle necked prick who treated his employees like shit.

  • May 16, 2012, 9:36 a.m. CST

    wait a sec so there are two pics coming out about him?

    by rakesh patel

    seriously?

  • May 16, 2012, 9:37 a.m. CST

    obviously sorkings with trump anything else

    by rakesh patel

    but if your first past the post, seconds rarely helps.

  • mostly focused on the heroin-filled early days

  • May 16, 2012, 9:43 a.m. CST

    Get Kate Upton or Chaz Bono to play Jobs

    by Samuel Fulmer

    Come on, think outside the box people!

  • May 16, 2012, 9:54 a.m. CST

    Is this the Kutcher project?

    by robert0

    My understanding is that there are two Steve Jobs projects being produced. Is this the Kutcher one or another one? If it's the non-Kutcher one, may I suggest Noah Wyle reprise the role of Jobs from "Pirates of Silicon Valley?" And what about Stanley Tucci to play the older Steve Jobs? I bet David Fincher is being considered director's job, and Trent Reznor on soundtrack. Smells like "The Social Network" all over again.

  • Or William Hung to play Elvis.

  • May 16, 2012, 9:55 a.m. CST

    Just wait for the anger

    by Tom Johnston

    Every account of Jobs has him as one of the most angry and cuss-filled human beings on the planet... genius, yes.... but also verrrrrry pissed all the time. This type of smart-ass, know-it-all is a perfect character for Sorkin to write. Think of Zuckerberg, but more intelligent, more driven, and more pissed off. Can't wait.

  • Can he at least make it an action movie this time?

  • May 16, 2012, 9:58 a.m. CST

    Sheesh. Why????

    by StoryFirst

    Jobs was a tryant, hated by his staff who feared his bullying and meglomanical power! He was the death of all Apple's charitable projects thereby leaving thousands of beneficiaries stranded after he shut down various grant projects. And he was a hypocrite because despite doing all of the above - he was a Buddhist!!! Oh and he knew nothing of science or engineering and was simply an idea man: Make me this, he would say. That's kinda impossible, they would say. Your FIRED he would say back. Actually.... that's the making of a rather cool movie... Apple fans will love this... crying and laughing at the big screen whilst dressed in black turtle necks and dad jeans... man, it's going to be beautiful.

  • May 16, 2012, 10:09 a.m. CST

    STORYFIRST - WHAT THE CRAP ARE YOU TALKING ABOUT???

    by Tom Johnston

    Steve Jobs was a brilliant engineer. You're insane - you know he started his engineering and software development career at Atari, and helped engineer the first Macintosh???? And even if you believe that's all a farce, how can you downgrade his greatness in the development and idealization of new technologies. You're an idiot. I'm sending Trogdor to smote you.

  • May 16, 2012, 10:12 a.m. CST

    Kutcher Jobs will suuuuuuck

    by purplemonkeydw

    Inexperienced director, douche nozel lead, weird production team (crazy announcements in Variety) = bad flick.

  • May 16, 2012, 10:29 a.m. CST

    "Fresh dialogue"

    by Francis Begbie

    I love Aaron Sorkin's writing but a few months ago I was watching "Sport's Night" on Netflix and one of the characters used a line I first heard in The Social network. I know sport's Night came first but thought that was funny that he plagiarized himself!

  • May 16, 2012, 10:32 a.m. CST

    Don't Forget Steve's lost interview...

    by Tom Fremgen

    It's the full interview from Triumph of the Nerds: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Y1AJungBLTM

  • May 16, 2012, 10:34 a.m. CST

    NOAH WYLE, goddammit!!!

    by Yotz Von Frelnik

    He nailed it in the '90s and he still looks youthful enough to pull off a young Jobs, yet now he's OLD enough to carry him through.

  • May 16, 2012, 10:44 a.m. CST

    Mugato, take it easy.

    by BigMick

    Unfortunately, no one is really THAT interested in a bunch of fucked up, pompous rockers from the 80's any more. Axl Rose is an even bigger dick than Steve Jobs ever was. I'd much rather watch bio pics based on people who actually caused change or contributed in a great way to the world we live in over a movie about a guy that was such an asshole the he caused the demise of his own band and is still too selfish to humble himself in front of his fans when being honored at something like, I don't know, the Rock n Roll Hall of Fame induction ceremony? Gimme a break.

  • May 16, 2012, 10:48 a.m. CST

    How Sorkin can improve on the source material:

    by robogeek.com

    Sorkin has a singular opportunity to top his source material here, since he can identify with Jobs' creative genius far better than Isaacson, who (very) frustratingly missed it. For example, Isaacson seemed out of his depth with the basic concepts of software and design, erroneously believing that design is mere look and feel while engineering is how it works, when in fact -- as Steve himself famously said, but which Isaacson neglects to include -- "design is how it works". Engineering is a component of design, and Isaacson fails to understand this most fundamental Steve Jobs 101 lesson. Isaacson also fails to grasp that Apple's success is more rooted in software than hardware, and completely dismisses the value of Apple's acquisition of the NeXT platform, which became the foundation of the Mac and iOS. In other words, Isaacson gets pretty much the most important part of Jobs' career wrong. (Apple would not be the most valuable company in the world without this.) The book also glosses over the dramatic evolution Steve underwent in his NeXT/Pixar "wilderness years", which directly led to his ability to do something the old (young) Steve Jobs couldn't have done -- transform Apple upon his return, saving it from the brink of bankruptcy and rebuilding it into the most valuable company in the world. This is a huge part of the Steve Jobs story, but Isaacson offers painfully little insight. To be fair, Isaacson does offer a solid, perhaps definitive portrait of Jobs' personal life. But what I (and I think audiences) crave is to understand his work and success, and here Isaacson's book seriously missed the mark. So I'm excited to see Sorkin take a crack at answering the question "what made Steve Jobs Steve Jobs?" I don't think anyone's better suited to the task.

  • May 16, 2012, 10:49 a.m. CST

    Fincher to direct or GTFO

    by slave to the one

    He worked miracles on recent pop culture, so why not!

  • Zuck, Jobs, Lucas trifecta FTW

  • May 16, 2012, 11:03 a.m. CST

    This is not the Kutcher movie

    by ChiTownsBest

    No way would he snag a role in this with Sorkin writing. He's playing the role in an indie flick.This will more likely have a big name "serious" director attached and possibly an up and coming star like The Social Network. In fact the only reason this if getting Sorkin treatment is due to the success of that movie. No way I can picture Ashton Kutcher with that annoying voice as Steve Jobs,or any role, for 2 hours. He should definitely be seen only in half hour doses.

  • totally seperate project. Heres the link to what will most likely be a peice of shit. http://www.imdb.com/title/tt2357129/

  • May 16, 2012, 11:15 a.m. CST

    More revisionism?

    by Keith

    It would be nice to see a story where Commodore and Atari (and indeed Sinclair) got their due credit for helping bring the microcomputer revolution to life. Kids growing up these days must believe that Apple and Microsoft invented computing. I'm going to stick my neck out and say that the Apple II was not a particularly important machine. Commodore were the company that changed the market the most in the shortest period of time. The VIC and C64 were more important than the Apple II, and the Amiga was more important than the Macintosh (modern computers are architected like Amigas, not like 1984 Macintoshes). Apple were a niche company until the late 90s.

  • May 16, 2012, 11:15 a.m. CST

    Ashton Kutcher's connection to Silicon Valley

    by ShadowVision

    I think Kutcher's role as Steve Jobs may surprise people. For one, he is an avid angel investor for quite a few tech start-ups in the area and is well connected. He understands the nuances of that community which will be an important aspect to the role.

  • May 16, 2012, 11:29 a.m. CST

    sunwukong86, Ashton Kutcher is not attached to this project

    by gringostar

    Ashton Kutcher is attached to play Steve Jobs in the indie pic "Jobs," which Joshua Michael Stern ("Swing Vote") will direct from a script by Matt Whiteley... not Aaron Sorkin`s. http://www.variety.com/article/VR1118052143

  • May 16, 2012, 11:32 a.m. CST

    Steve always wanted Aaron to write a Pixar movie..

    by XX

    This is a nice read. http://www.thedailybeast.com/newsweek/2011/10/09/sorkin-on-jobs.html

  • May 16, 2012, 11:36 a.m. CST

    "Cult Of Mac" - Fuck 'Em!

    by Michael Bay

    Walking into an Apple store is like entering the Eighth Circle Of Hell. All these little smarmy demon children asking you if they can help you which in Apple-speak means "how can I fuck you and take your money?" I keep expecting Pinhead to show up pimping the newest overprice iPad saying "we have such sights to show you....PSYCHE!"

  • May 16, 2012, 11:39 a.m. CST

    So another overrated movie about another egotistical asshole?

    by sinus111

    I guess it takes one to write about one.

  • May 16, 2012, 11:47 a.m. CST

    francis begbie - "Fresh Dialogue"

    by Ben Jarvis

    Yeah, Sorkin reuses bits of his own stuff all the time. These are a few I've seen: 1)The episode title of both the SportsNight first season finale and the Studio 60 finale was "What Kind of Day Has it Been." 2)He references Gilbert and Sullivan in just about everything - Studio 60 did a version of the Modern Major-General song, West Wing had posters of their plays and did He Is an Englishman, and both Malice and Charlie Wilson's War have a character who ends a rant about how awesome he is with the line "and I'm never, ever sick at sea", which is a line from HMS Pinafore. 3)On Sports Night season 2 episode 3, William H. Macy's character gives this long speech about the brother-in-law of Philo Farnsworth and how he was a great guy and helped Philo invent the television. Later in 2007, Sorkin wrote a play called The Farnsworth Invention that was on Broadway for a few months and was all about the invention of TV. The play had Philo and the brother-in-law as characters, used the same set-up that Macy recounted, highlighted the same points, and used a fair bit of his own words from that speech. I actually really like Sorkin's writing too (which is why I made a point to see the play before it closed). So him reusing stuff like that is more like an entertaining game for me--a sort of "Can You Spot the Recurring Material?" type of thing.

  • He actually resembles him quite a bit and he clearly has no qualms about losing or gaining weight for a part. It will NOT go to Noah Wyle again.

  • May 16, 2012, 12:02 p.m. CST

    I'm more interested in this than I was the Social Network

    by Wcwlkr

    But who didn't think they would go to Sorkin to write this? That guy is a great writer. I wasn't feeling Sports Night but West Wing and his other work can't be denied.

  • May 16, 2012, 12:14 p.m. CST

    Steve Jobs was an asshole

    by Relentless85

    And this movie won't even be interesting. I'd rather see an adaptation of Masters of Doom. Now the story about how id Software changed video games is entertaining.

  • May 16, 2012, 12:16 p.m. CST

    Oh hell yes!!!

    by Bigdada

    I

  • May 16, 2012, 12:19 p.m. CST

    kind of the point, bigmick

    by Mugato5150

    Guns n Roses was a self destructive band composed of talented but self destructive people. There's an interesting narrative there with a lot of stories. But that was just a random example. I don't see how yet another movie about people walking down corridors trying to out-snark each other and talk as fast as they can about the founding of yet another tech company can get anyone interested.

  • May 16, 2012, 12:29 p.m. CST

    I'd never heard of Steve Jobs until recently.

    by LORDOFLIGHT

    I'd obviously heard of Apple but didn't know who was the head of the company. Maybe it's cos he was much less known outside of the US?

  • May 16, 2012, 12:30 p.m. CST

    Bad idea.

    by Brian

    I hope this movie doesn't get off the ground. The truth about this dude fresh fresh fresh in our minds. This movie should be made 10 years from now.

  • May 16, 2012, 12:31 p.m. CST

    Do we really need 2 Jobs movies?

    by Tikidonkeypunch

    How about creating actual jobs.

  • May 16, 2012, 12:47 p.m. CST

    If you owned any Apple product you knew who Steve Jobs was

    by Terrence

    Because they made SURE you knew.

  • May 16, 2012, 12:50 p.m. CST

    Jobs

    by chuffsterUK

    Will there be improved versions of the film released in 12 month cycles?

  • May 16, 2012, 12:51 p.m. CST

    Other Sorkin Recycled Dialogue

    by snaps_provolone

    I love Sorkin, and the guy is easily in my top 3 screenwriters work today. But yes, he uses, or re-works his lines TONS of times throughout his scripts. 1. For instance, in an old Studio 60 episode, Matthew Perry's character was accused of stealing a screenplay from another writer. He denied by saying, "You know how would you know if they wrote it? 'Cause if they had written it, they'd had written it." You can guess where I'm going with this......"If you guys were the inventors of Facebook, you'd have invented Facebook." 2. He used the line "I'm never, ever sick at sea" in both Malice and Charlie Wilson's War. 3. He used the line "Fire me, or shut the hell up" in both Sports Night and Studio 60. 4. And he also re-uses the exact same rhythms of dialogue over and over. For instance: "I'm tired." "You're what?" "I'm tired." "Tired?" "Yep." "Very tired." "You look tired." "You think so?" "Very tired." You see what I'm getting it. But yes, I love the man. Ha ha.

  • May 16, 2012, 12:53 p.m. CST

    Recycled Line Part II

    by snaps_provolone

    One more (I forgot): He used the line "I could buy their house and turn it into my ping pong room" in both Studio 60 and The Social Network. OK, I'm done.

  • May 16, 2012, 12:55 p.m. CST

    Sam Rockwell as Jobs

    by Terrence

    You know it to be true.

  • May 16, 2012, 12:55 p.m. CST

    Can someone just cast Justin Long!

    by darshn22

    Jobs would approve!

  • May 16, 2012, 1:03 p.m. CST

    Put an Apple sticker on your car and get laid...

    by Darth Macchio

    Seriously. So what if she has unkempt armpit hair and a 'meat is murder' tattoo on her chest...you're still getting laid aren't you??!?!?!

  • May 16, 2012, 1:04 p.m. CST

    Also...90s jobs/gates film on TNT

    by darshn22

    Anyone remember a Jobs/Gates film from the 90s on TNT that portrayed Jobs as the victim of Gates betrayals? The film made ya feel bad for apple and Jobs. Funny how the apple stock is worth 300x what it was then. Lol... I remember the commercial for the film played the song "everybody wants to rule the world" I can't for the life of me remember the name.

  • May 16, 2012, 1:08 p.m. CST

    Pirates of silicon valley...

    by darshn22

    I found it after a quick google search... Yes Noah Wylie would still be a good steve jobs.

  • May 16, 2012, 1:10 p.m. CST

    Isaacson's biography is complete shit.

    by I Hope You Die

    As Jobs would've said. It's full of factual errors, he cribs most of his material from other accounts (the chapter on Sculley is basically just quotes from Sculley's autobiography, for example), and misunderstands the man and his work completely (worse, he clearly misquotes people). Sorkin has his work cut out for him if he wants to do this right. There's a great opportunity to set the tone for how people will interpret Apple going forward. Too many people (as this talkback demonstrates) think of Apple as the company that lost to Microsoft in the 90s, of which Jobs was not a part.

  • Now that's Karma!

  • May 16, 2012, 1:24 p.m. CST

    Lack of emotion

    by zach hill

    Is all I get out of Sorkin. I understand that he's a good, technically sound writer, but jimminy fuckin christmas his characters are boring, emotionless pricks. The Social Network suffered the most from this, as that has to be one of the most overrated films of the past decade.

  • May 16, 2012, 2:41 p.m. CST

    misterdarcy, you're revisionism complaint is ironic

    by ByTor

    Seeing as how you're engaging in it. I'm no Apple fanboy at all (don't own a single Mac or iPhone, etc.). But the Apple was revolutionary, and to suggest the C64 was more important is crazy talk. The Apple design was far more elegant; C= disk drives were retarded as hell. Businesses used Apples, NOT Commodores. Visicalc on the Apple was one of the most important developments ever. And calling Apple's products niche while trumpeting the Amiga is the best example of irony I can think of. The Amiga had some advanced, interesting features but never had more than the teeniest, tiniest market share. And half of those sold were to the Babylon 5 production team...

  • May 16, 2012, 3:14 p.m. CST

    bytor, I'll bite

    by Keith

    Okay, I'll bite. First, bear in mind that you are probably writing from a North American-centric perspective. Understandable if you're American (or Canadian). The Apple II was quite popular in North America, not elsewhere. And the Amiga failed to grab much market share in NA but was HUGE in Europe. During the 1985-1992 period, the home computer market barely existed AT ALL in North America, whereas it was colossal in Europe. (Ironically, it was two US machines that dominated: the Amiga and the ST.) In the US at the time, there was the home console games market and there was the business PC market and there really wasn't much else. Okay, next. The Apple II family was extremely expensive. This meant that it didn't actually ship many units in any given year. It didn't affect many people's lives, because they couldn't afford to come in contact with it. The VIC-20 and C64 brought affordable color computing to the masses. Those machines changed EVERYTHING and forced other companies to shift their business models radically. When the 64 came out its specs pissed all over those of the Apple II which was still selling at around a thousand bucks or somesuch. There were no bona fide home computers before Commodore changed the market (aside from Sinclair's machines in the UK, which actually inspired Jack Tramiel to switch away from the business market.) Next, the Amiga. It's the most influential design of the 80s. Its custom chips and fundamentally multitasking OS were unlike anything that had existed before in the home computer market. As I said, the Amiga WAS a major success (although not in your neck of the woods, perhaps) and no other machine could touch its performance for many years. PCs only caught up in the early 90s, and Commodore by that time was riven by incompetent management that doomed the company and failed to invest in the next stages of tech. But part of the Amiga's problems in becoming a true global market leader were that it was solving 21st century problems before they even existed. At the time, people thought of computers as being either for games or for business. The idea of a multitasking multimedia machine just seemed confusing to a public that was not yet using computers for everyday tasks, and the Amiga was also a machine that would have thrived on internet technology that didn't yet exist. Famous quote from Byte Magazine in 1994: 'The Amiga was so far ahead of its time that almost nobody--including Commodore's marketing department--could fully articulate what it was all about. Today, it's obvious the Amiga was the first multimedia computer, but in those days it was derided as a game machine because few people grasped the importance of advanced graphics, sound, and video. Nine years later, vendors are still struggling to make systems that work like 1985 Amigas.' The computer you're using today has a design that resembles the Amiga far more than it does the Macintosh or PC of 1985, I guarantee you. Finally, Visicalc. This is actually an amusing story. It's interesting, of course, that you highlight a piece of software in an attempt to argue that its target platform was important. Let's leave that aside. You know why Visicalc was developed for the Apple II? When Dan Bricklin turned up for his first day of work at Personal Software to work on Visicalc, they looked for a computer to give him. There were three Commodore PETs in the office, and one Apple II, because the PET was selling like hot cakes and the Apple II was bumbling along. All three PETs were taken by other coders because it was the obvious market to target. So Bricklin got the Apple II by default. That one random act of fate - ironically because of the Apple II's relative unpopularity - helped to create a dramatic reversal in the Apple's fortunes. Visicalc was a bona fide killer app, and when it came out it was ONLY available for the Apple II. So loads of businesses bought the Apple just for Visicalc. At one point Jobs and Wozniak attempted to sell Apple to Commodore for 200k, but Tramiel wasn't interested. His company was already doing things far beyond what Apple were trying at the time. Funny old world.

  • May 16, 2012, 3:21 p.m. CST

    Amiga sales figures

    by Keith

    North America 600,000 United Kingdom 1.5 million Germany 1.4 million Italy 700,000 France 275,000 Scandinavia 90,000 Benelux 45,000 Rest of Europe 35,000 Rest of World 400,000 btw even though your parochial US-centric perspective led you to a radically incorrect conclusion about the Amiga's success, I should point out that one other significant American purchaser of Amigas was NASA, who used them to process all their mission data. Gary Jones, principal systems engineer at NASA: 'We then looked at the PC, but the hardware architecture was really as bad then as it is now. So Hal was the first one who brought out one of the Amiga 1000s and we played with it. It just turned out that it was a good machine. The things that make a machine good for playing games also tend to make it good for processing and displaying data, because you've got some of the same problems. You need a very efficient, very fast operating system, and the Amiga has that and very little overhead too. That's what makes it nice; we don't load down the system running the overhead; we can just process the data.'

  • May 16, 2012, 3:24 p.m. CST

    Oh, and of course...

    by Keith

    ...Commodore's MOS division created the 6502 chip on which the Apple-II was based. It was the chip that revolutionized the microprocessor market because it offered power in a $25 unit that had previously been available only in a $200 unit. Commodore changed the world in the 1970s. Apple...hmm, not so much.

  • May 16, 2012, 3:27 p.m. CST

    You can argue

    by Keith

    ...that Commodore bought MOS rather than creating the 6502 themselves, but what needs to be borne in mind is that MOS *became* Commodore's computing division. Chuck Peddle is the real genius of that era, not Wozniak.

  • May 16, 2012, 3:31 p.m. CST

    And I should also give some credit to Atari

    by Keith

    Because the Amiga's ancestry was really at Atari, not Commodore. Jay Miner et al were graphics chip geniuses at Atari, and Atari were originally part-funding the project, but in the crazy upheaval that took place when Jack Tramiel got booted from Commodore and ended up buying his old rival Atari, Commodore swooped in to buy out the Amiga tech from under Atari's noses.

  • May 16, 2012, 3:40 p.m. CST

    C= disk drives were retarded as hell

    by Keith

    Funny/tragic story here as well. The 1541 should have been one of the fastest drives in the world when it came out for the 64. Unfortunately, a piece of stupid corner-cutting (almost literally) by Jack Tramiel ended up having some ghastly unforeseen consequences. The 64 engineers designed the machine to be slightly wider than the VIC-20. They designed a case for it that eventually ended up (I think) being the case for the Commodore 128. But Tramiel reckoned that with a little re-engineering, they could fit the thing into old VIC-20 cases, and just use the same old molds in a new color. The engineers disagreed, but they were overruled. And one of the production engineers found that he could clip the edge of the board off and still leave the computer working perfectly. It seemed to remove one of the data lines to the disk drive, but everything still seemed to work. So they assumed the line was not necessary, agreed the design and gave it the green light. When engineer Bob Russell found out, he was apoplectic. The clipped line meant that the 1541 would still work, but it would now run at ONE THIRTIETH of its original speed. So a ludicrous management blunder left the 64 with what SEEMED to be one of the worst disk drives in the world, when by design it was one of the best.

  • May 16, 2012, 3:50 p.m. CST

    LOL, computer fanboys!

    by Joe Plumber

  • May 16, 2012, 3:54 p.m. CST

    There was a biopic of him already

    by Ricardo

    Rusty from NL Vacations played Bill Gates.

  • May 16, 2012, 3:59 p.m. CST

    Christian Bale is my pick for Jobs, for the Sorkin-Sony version.

    by Orbots Commander

    As others have pointed out, there are two completely different movies in the works: this one here, and the Ashton Kutcher one now filming. The better one will be this one, with a Sorkin screenplay, based on Walter Isaacson's biography (which I read in a marathon session over a weekend).

  • May 16, 2012, 4:01 p.m. CST

    And yes, Jobs was reportedly a 'tyrant' to work for, but...

    by Orbots Commander

    ...that's exactly what makes him such great potential movie material. It's a role that any good actor would love to sink his teeth into, and virtually guaranteed to be Oscar bait.

  • May 16, 2012, 4:06 p.m. CST

    Demetri Martin

    by Kat

    For the love of god, someone make SOMETHING with Martin as Jobs so I can die happy.

  • May 16, 2012, 4:10 p.m. CST

    Fanboys

    by Keith

    I'm not really a loyalist of any company. In my time, aside from various PC compatibles I've owned and used machines made by Acorn, Apple, Atari, Commodore and Sinclair, among others. I use both iOS and Android on a daily basis, and I've worked as an engineer on games for the PC, the Xbox, the PS2, the 360, the PS3, the Wii and the Wii-U, as well as iOS and Android. Everything has strengths and weaknesses. Most of them come from trade-offs. It's easy to make a great machine; much harder to create a great machine that retails at $300. It just makes me sad to see the past being whitewashed, and kids growing up with fundamentally wrong ideas of what happened before they were born. Apple's importance has waxed and waned. People tend to take the current success of the company and project it backwards to the late 70s and early 80s, when it it isn't really valid to do so. The Apple-II was a nice machine, but it was a nice machine with a huge price tag. Could Apple have made the equivalent of the C64 and shipped it at $300 a unit? No. Absolutely no way. They didn't have the engineering expertise or vertical integration to do that. Which is why they were in fact a marginal force at the time.

  • May 16, 2012, 5 p.m. CST

    Pirates of Silicon Valley ...

    by berserkrl

    is really quite good.

  • May 16, 2012, 5:41 p.m. CST

    Jobs will be brought back as Vision.

    by Dingbatty

  • May 16, 2012, 5:45 p.m. CST

    We're like two kids with a rich neigbor...

    by Pipple

    We need a sequel to Pirates, not this bullshit.

  • May 16, 2012, 5:59 p.m. CST

    misterdarcy Agree with much of what you wrote,

    by Dingbatty

    except this "It didn't affect many people's lives, because they couldn't afford to come in contact with it." Apple IIe's were ubiquitous in US public schools in the mid 80's. I personally don't care for Apple's stuff so this isn't bias, but--most American Gen Xer's had their initial personal computer experiences with Apple.

  • May 16, 2012, 7:04 p.m. CST

    William Hurt is a DEAD RINGER for late-era Jobs

    by WWBD

  • May 16, 2012, 7:19 p.m. CST

    Tom Hanks or Christian Bale *is* Steve Jobs

    by Reynard Muldrake

    They've got the losing-dramatic-amounts-of-weight in secret thing down pat. Too soon?

  • May 16, 2012, 7:21 p.m. CST

    Or Tilda Swinton

    by Reynard Muldrake

    We Need to Talk About Steve. You can't handle the Steve.

  • May 16, 2012, 7:22 p.m. CST

    All Sorkin needs to say to Ashton:

    by Reynard Muldrake

    "If you were the writer for the Steve Jobs movie, then you would've written the Steve Jobs movie." Heh. See what I did there.

  • May 16, 2012, 7:25 p.m. CST

    but srsly

    by Reynard Muldrake

    This is great material in Sorkin's hands. And glad he's the one tackling it. Who will play young and old Bill Gates? Definitely Streep.

  • May 16, 2012, 7:44 p.m. CST

    dingbatty

    by Keith

    Noted. By ubiquitous, you mean UBIQUITOUS ubiquitous, i.e. most people at most schools used them?

  • May 16, 2012, 9:24 p.m. CST

    Todd Haynes has to direct.

    by Jethro Bodine

    And in one span of Jobs' life, he'll have a llama playing the man himself.

  • May 16, 2012, 9:52 p.m. CST

    relentless85

    by Michael Edwards

    Being an asshole is essential to success in this country. As long as you're making yourself or someone else a shitload of money, that's all that matters.

  • May 16, 2012, 10:41 p.m. CST

    francis begbie

    by waslah

    If you actually track his writing career Sorkin has flat out plagiarized himself over and over again. There's entire scenes in some episodes of the first season of The West Wing that come directly out of The American President for example. Most specifically the proportional response thing, which Sorkin turned into an entire episode.

  • May 16, 2012, 11:17 p.m. CST

    Aaron Sorkin is directing the film as well

    by Russell

    http://www.cnn.com/2012/05/16/tech/innovation/steve-jobs-aaron-sorkin

  • May 17, 2012, 1:13 a.m. CST

    Christian Bale == JOBS ... or GTFO!

    by bs9999

    Noah Wyle is too old....Have you seen Dark Skies...the dude can only play the post-mordum Jobs, not the 1970s one. And Kucher? Seriously? DOA if he's in.

  • May 17, 2012, 1:49 a.m. CST

    I'd rather have a Clive Sinclair movie

    by Gorgomel

    this is a true genius

  • May 17, 2012, 3:43 a.m. CST

    misterdarcy

    by Bedknobs and Boomsticks

    Yep. My family was constantly moving about the country, so I went to schools in most of the regions of the US, including several dilapidated public schools in poor districts in the South, and Apple II's were everywhere. There was a big push to get kids accustomed to them; this was around the time of everyone hoping their kids would get in early on the Computer Age gravy train. Of course, it would have to be about money here, instead of home accessibility and the intellectual edification of youth, as in the case of the BBC Micro and ZX abroad. It didn't help when you could only use it during the scant time they allotted for computer lab. And speaking of that, I'd like to see a biopic about Clive Sinclair, as well.

  • May 17, 2012, 3:49 a.m. CST

    dingbatty

    by Bedknobs and Boomsticks

    I recall seeing a lot of Commodore computers in schools in addition to the Apple, though your mileage may have varied.

  • May 17, 2012, 5:56 a.m. CST

    I don't think he'll get the letter.

    by ZooTrain

  • May 17, 2012, 6:29 a.m. CST

    Michael Bay to direct

    by Axl Z

    Explosions to substitute each rise in share price..

  • May 17, 2012, 7:58 a.m. CST

    The BBC did a sort of movie about Sinclair

    by ja9ae

    http://www.bbc.co.uk/programmes/b00n5b92 More comic, about the rise of Acorn (all hail to the risk chip) and Sinclair.

  • May 17, 2012, 8:59 a.m. CST

    Clive Sinclair

    by Keith

    Micro Men is very entertaining. Search for it on Bittorrent, it's still being seeded. (I personally guarantee it...)

  • May 17, 2012, 1:32 p.m. CST

    Point taken re: Apple II in schools

    by Keith

    I shall revise my opinion of its cultural influence accordingly. It sounds like its legacy is quite similar to that of the Acorn BBC computers in the UK: too expensive for most families to afford, but loads of kids had their first programming experiences with them at school. Very capable machine for its time, the Beeb, with built-in networking (this was 1982) and an excellent BASIC and disc OS. Acorn's battle with Sinclair to win the contract with the BBC for their official computer literacy project machine is the subject of the aforementioned 'Micro Men', which is a nicely comedic dramatization of those events. (Also contains the single best chess scene ever put in a film.)

  • May 17, 2012, 1:39 p.m. CST

    ja9ae - Acorn

    by Keith

    To be pedantic (which I enjoy) it's 'RISC' rather than 'RISK': reduced instruction set computing. Acorn were the foremost proponents of this approach in the mid-80s, and became specialists at designing risc chips. They called the chip they designed for the Acorn Archimedes the Acorn Risc Machine - the ARM. Later they repurposed the acronym to stand for Advanced Risc Machines, the name of their spinoff company created as a joint venture with Apple. ARM chips are now used in almost all cell phones in the world because they're so energy efficient. But for a while it looked as though the ARM was going to be a dead end with no major commercial applications. Here's an interesting interview with Acorn co-founder Hermann Hauser in 1996: http://tinyurl.com/6nyop52

  • May 17, 2012, 3:52 p.m. CST

    Slave labour

    by Keith

    Playing devil's advocate: surely any job that one takes voluntarily and can leave voluntarily cannot be classified as slave labour?

  • May 17, 2012, 4:08 p.m. CST

    Ticket prices will be OVERINFLATED like Apple products!

    by Big Dumb Ape

    Because let's be honest: they charge bullshit overinflated prices for the hardware they're ACTUALLY selling.

  • May 17, 2012, 4:29 p.m. CST

    Jack Black as Wozniack

    by v3d

    And who should play Bill Gates?

  • May 18, 2012, 12:17 a.m. CST

    Apple hardware overpriced

    by Keith

    Yes, that's why all those other companies like Hewlett Packard were able to bring out much better tablets than the iPad at much lower prices. (Looks around uncertainly.) Apple can achieve economies of scale that most hardware companies can't touch. The idea that they're selling vastly overpriced stuff is mainly bullshit. I mean, sure, you can create a laptop with much more powerful specs than the Macbook Air for half the price, but the MBA is all about the *weight*. That's what you're paying for: the performance at half the usual weight.

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