FIRST LOOK: Michael Fassbender as Steve Jobs in ‘Steve Jobs’ Trailer

By Vince Matthews

Not unlike Steve Jobs’ real-life rise to fame and fortune, the new Steve Jobs biopic from Aaron Sorkin (A Few Good Men, The West Wing) has faced some challenges before making it to the big screen.

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With more than 100 pages of scripted dialog, Michael Fassbender will push his talent to the limit to portray the iconic Steve Jobs. (Image: Universal Studios)

Originally, actors Christian Bale and Leonardo DiCaprio were slated to fill the role, but both dropped out prior to shooting. As did director David Fincher (The Social Network) and Sony Pictures, who also stepped away from the project.

But Universal Studios and director Danny Boyle (Slumdog Millionaire, Trainspotting) accepted the challenge to bring the Steve Jobs story to theaters on October 9, 2015, just four days after the anniversary of Jobs’ death.

Although the script has been a tightly held Hollywood secret, screenwriter Sorkin has revealed the story will stretch over 16 years of Jobs’ life. Filmmakers will use professional video-editing techniques to cover three pivotal points/product launches in Jobs’ career (the 1984 Macintosh, NeXT in 1988 and the iMac release in 1998).

Sorkin is known for writing great dialog that makes for great drama, and Steve Jobs’ life story makes for a great movie.

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Based on Walter Isaacson’s Steve Jobs biography, and with Apple co-founder Steve Wozniak on board as a consultant, the film is said to be the most accurate on-screen depiction (so far) of Steve Jobs’ personality and career highlights.

Steve Jobs was a visionary technologist. Not only did he re-invent the music distribution system and home computing, he also re-invented the mobile phone.

People, but more specifically students, are inspired by Steve Jobs’ life. This past summer, students in the DMA Studios summer film program at Stanford, made their own film about Jobs and how he created the first Apple computer in his garage.