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Apple co-founder Steve Wozniak hired as 'tutor' for Sony's Steve Jobs film

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Apple co-founder Steve Wozniak has been brought on as a "tutor" to coach Sony Pictures on its adaptation of the biography of the late Steve Jobs.

Just days after announcing that he would write the screenplay for the film, Aaron Sorkin spoke to the press about his approach to the project, according to Reuters (via The Next Web). He said Wozniak would consult on technology, as well as provide insight on Jobs.

Wozniak served as the technical mind to Jobs' keen business sense in the early days of Apple. "We were very much alike in that time frame," Wozniak said in a recent interview.

"Steve [Jobs] was an incredible leader and a manager, he went through an awful lot of things in life that got him to that point," he added.

Sorkin also revealed that the film will not be just a biopic. "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, " he said.

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The writer pointed "The Social Network," for which he won an Academy Award, as an example of the kind of story he wants to portray. The film centered around the lawsuit between Facebook founder Mark Zuckerberg and his early partners.

"Drama is tension versus obstacle. Someone wants something, something is standing in their way of getting it. They want the money, they want the girl, they want to get to Philadelphia - doesn't matter ... And I need to find that event and I will. I just don't know what it is," he said.

Sony Pictures was said to have worked out a deal for the movie rights to Walter Isaacson's "Steve Jobs" biography within days of the executive's passing. At the time, Sorkin was reportedly Sony's top choice for a scriptwriter.

Separately, an independent production company is looking to make its own film about Jobs. Actor Ashton Kutcher has been cast as the lead role in that project, which will cover from the year 1971 to 2000. Broadway star Josh Gad will reportedly play Wozniak in the indie film.
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Sorkin also revealed that the film will not be just a biopic. "I know so little about what I am going to write. I know what I am not going to write.

 

So, full of lies and sensationalized because that's what Hollywood "demands".

 

Great.

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So, full of lies and sensationalized because that's what Hollywood "demands".

 

Great.


I've got mixed feelings.  I enjoyed The Social Network as a movie, but it ultimately left me feeling disappointed because I knew it wasn't incredibly accurate.

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I've got mixed feelings.  I enjoyed The Social Network as a movie, but it ultimately left me feeling disappointed because I knew it wasn't incredibly accurate.

My feelings weren't mixed. Unless you categorize it as a documentary film then I expect the result to be a drama. If you need to combine, remove or alter scenes in order to maintain the pace, focus and/or duration of the film then you do so. While the studio's overall goal is to turn a healthy profit the way you do that is to make the result as feasibly entertaining as possible. Nothing else matters!

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The Woz an Jobs two different people.  If you listen to an interview of Jobs and then one of the Woz you will definitely tell that Jobs was a shark ready to devour any idiot and Woz was more into explaining to the idiot where he was wrong.

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So, full of lies and sensationalized because that's what Hollywood "demands".

 

Great.

 

 

So are Apple press releases and interviews. That's what their fanbois demand.

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post #8 of 23

Whoah, whoah, whoah!!!

 

Is anybody else seeing any similarities here?

 

Woz.jpg

 

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Woz and Neo.

 

Both flying to save us from the machines...

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I loved The Social Network, but I think equal, if not more, credit should go to David Fincher's directing. Fincher has always been a great director, so I  know he maybe more responsble for the overall impact of The Social Network. Having said that, I did enjoy Moneyball as well, which Sorkin penned.

 

It really boils down to who directs it. I was under the impression that Sorkin is only writing, but it now looks like he is directing as well. If that is true, I do not know what to expect. One of my main considerations when deciding on a movie to watch is the director.

 

About Woz being involved as a "Godfather" for the movie, I wonder if this is something like Christopher Nolan being the "guide" for Man Of Steel. Anyway, Jragosta must be having a conniption!

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I think Woz might need to upgrade his CPU. From everything I've read, the two couldn't have been more different. Steve Jobs helped mold the future. Woz was voted off Dancing with the Stars.

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I hope they made him sign some kind of NDA, or at least some kind of agreement to restrain him from making random statements about SJ in the media (which turn out to only feed the FUD around AAPL's stock value). At least till the movie is released.

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The difference between Woz and Jobs is the difference between a smart guy and a genius imo. When you hear Woz talk he gives intelligent answers, but also conventional - what all the smart set say. But Jobs keeps saying things that surprise you, but as soon as you hear it you know it's true.

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I have absolutely no plans to see this movie. 

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Mixed about this too. I will probably fall asleep on a remake of "Pirates". Not sure if sensationalism is the answer either.

 

I think what was somewhat disappointing with the Social Network was that it was Sorkin's rags to riches story, but there was hardly FB the social network in it.

 

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I've got mixed feelings.  I enjoyed The Social Network as a movie, but it ultimately left me feeling disappointed because I knew it wasn't incredibly accurate.


Edited by uguysrnuts - 5/18/12 at 6:23am
Originally Posted by Granmastak: Labor unions managed to kill manufacturing a long time ago with their unreasonable demands. Now the people they were trying to protect, are out of a job.
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Originally Posted by Granmastak: Labor unions managed to kill manufacturing a long time ago with their unreasonable demands. Now the people they were trying to protect, are out of a job.
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The difference between Woz and Jobs is the difference between a smart guy and a genius imo. When you hear Woz talk he gives intelligent answers, but also conventional - what all the smart set say. But Jobs keeps saying things that surprise you, but as soon as you hear it you know it's true.

no. they were/are genius but in different ways. woz and the apple II and the people that built the original Mac were brilliant. Jobs couldn't have figured out how to do any of it. He was brilliant at coming up with ideas that fused the technical for use with 'normal' people. thats why they were perfect for each other early on. woz doesn't BS much. i like to hear him explain things. 

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I think Woz might need to upgrade his CPU. From everything I've read, the two couldn't have been more different. Steve Jobs helped mold the future. Woz was voted off Dancing with the Stars.

Yes very different people. Woz built the Apple II. Jobs sold it and the company was built. Jobs didn't like that he wasn't the sole 'genius' of Apple so he needed to distance himself from the apple II and woz. so when he got pushed off into a project called 'macintosh' he took it and made up for the lisa failure.

i imagine that i am not the only one glad that jobs isn't involved with apple anymore. they can now let the real geniuses take some credit and push the boundaries.

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I just don't know. Apple ditched Jobs remember? All the geniuses in the company had no one to focus them and Apple almost ceased to exist.

 

Jobs created Apple University to imprint his DNA.*

 

Every company needs someone to kick their ***es into gear motivate them from time to time.

 

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Yes very different people. Woz built the Apple II. Jobs sold it and the company was built. Jobs didn't like that he wasn't the sole 'genius' of Apple so he needed to distance himself from the apple II and woz. so when he got pushed off into a project called 'macintosh' he took it and made up for the lisa failure.

i imagine that i am not the only one glad that jobs isn't involved with apple anymore. they can now let the real geniuses take some credit and push the boundaries.


Edited by uguysrnuts - 5/18/12 at 6:54am
Originally Posted by Granmastak: Labor unions managed to kill manufacturing a long time ago with their unreasonable demands. Now the people they were trying to protect, are out of a job.
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Prediction: this movie will be worse than the made for TV Pirates of Silicon Valley... 

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post #19 of 23

Aaron Sorkin? WOZ??  This is SO full of WIN, I don't even know where to start. 

 

I'm actually excited.  :)

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Prediction: this movie will be worse than the made for TV Pirates of Silicon Valley... 

 

That's a given. A real prediction would give a metric for how MUCH worse it will be. lol.gif

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Could Keith Richards co-star in this movie?  It would also be good to get Brooklyn Dekker into the film as Jobs' assistant.  He could ride around on this awesome motorcycle and kill people.

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You're seriously out of touch.  That's not a given at all.  Sorkin is a brilliant writer.  The success of his projects speak for themselves.  His upcoming series The Newsroom on HBO will be a huge hit.  As a big fan of Apple and their products, Sorkin will treat the jobs legacy with respect, but will not shy away from the tough issues surrounding his personality.

 

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That's a given. A real prediction would give a metric for how MUCH worse it will be. lol.gif

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The success of his projects speak for themselves.

 

I couldn't care less about that. I care about accuracy and quality. If he can produce a quality product that is accurate, then it falls on the actors to do it justice.


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