Ashton Kutcher's Steve Jobs Biopic Will Cover Life from 1971-2000
After hearing that "Punk'd" master and star of such films as Killers and Valentine's Day, Ashton Kutcher, was going to be playing the iconic Apple founder Steve Jobs, there were quite some cries of concern, confusion and even outrage. However, aside from the fact that Kutcher looks like a young Steve Jobs, I'm willing to let Kutcher take a chance at what could be a career defining role and might allow him to turn a new leaf in his career. Now naysayers can begin to judge for themselves with more information on Jobs: Get Inspired as Neowin (via SlashFilm) spoke with producer Mark Hulme who spilled some details.
First of all, speaking on Kutcher's involvement in the film, Hulme says:
"Since our film covers the early years of Apple, when Jobs was in his 20′s, we needed an actor who could carry not only the youthfulness of Jobs at the time but also the psychological complexity. Because of that, and Ashton’s physical similarities to Jobs, he’s perfect for our film. When Ashton read the script he was immediately attracted to the project. He is a Steve Jobs and Apple fan, and is technologically savvy, as well, so he recognized the historical importance of Steve Jobs and the potential of the project. He is very excited to have the role."
So as you can guess, the film will take place during Jobs' life between the years of 1971 and 2000. That means we'll be looking at the founding of Apple and the "up and down years" that came with turning it into one of the most respected technology companies in the world, long before the iPhone or iPads were a reality. And aside from the critical casting of Kutcher as Jobs, the other big shoes that need to be filled are Apple co-founder Steve Wozniak, former Apple CEOs John Scully and Mike Markkula, and early Apple employee Daniel Kottke. Hulme says there are some exciting actors in talks for these parts, but he wasn't ready to give names just yet.
In addition, to keep this separate from the other developing Steve Jobs biopic which is based on one single biography, this film will focus on a variety of sources, including several people who knew him personally. It also helps that this project was in development before Sony's was revealed and has been in the works ever since Jobs announced his retirement. There might be room for two Steve Jobs films, but we might be looking at yet another scenario where two similar films have to duke it out for box office glory in the same year. However, Steve Jobs: Get Inspired is looking to shoot this May and could get released sometime in the fourth quarter of 2012, and thus, will likely beat Sony's film to theaters. Thoughts?