Love him or hate him, there’s no question that Steve Jobs had an extraordinary career, an extraordinary life, and an untimely death that was met by a global outpouring of grief. So, of course someone was going to cash in and make a movie. According to Variety, Two and a Half Men co-star Ashton Kutcher will play the late Mr. Jobs in an indie film titled simply, Jobs:
The film will chronicle Steve Jobs from wayward hippie to co-founder of Apple, where he became one of the most revered creative entrepreneurs of our time.
Five Star Institute’s Mark Hulme is financing and will produce the pic, which is skedded to start production in May while Kutcher is on hiatus from his hit CBS series.
Given the time stamp on this story, I’ll forgive you for being a tad dubious. But author Jeff Sneider is adamant on his Twitter feed that this is no April Fool’s joke. Also, Kutcher looks like a young Steve Jobs for sure. The guys at The Verge have put together a good comparison shot that makes it clear.
If the movie is indeed in the works, then it will be the second picture about the illustrious Apple co-founder. The first, a made-for-TV flick called Pirates of the Silicon Valley, came out in 1999 and starred Noah Wyle (of ER fame) as Jobs. The whole movie leaked out on YouTube a while back. It’s a fun watch, if you don’t mind Bill Gates being demonized as the villain of the story.