Kaylie Moise, March 18, 2013
We’ve heard all about the Steve Jobs movie biopics, one an indie starring Ashton Kutcher, and the other a Steve Wozniak-approved film written by Aaron Sorkin, who also made “The Social Network,” but what we haven’t heard yet is that Funny or Die, the comedy website, is planning to release its own Jobs movie called “iSteve.”
Funny or Die is planning to release the 60-75 minute film that pokes fun at the late Steve Jobs on April 15. This is a first for Funny or Die, which usually releases short videos. “iSteve” will star Justin Long, who also starred in Apple’s long-running Mac versus PC commercials. Long will play Steve Jobs, alongside James Urbaniak as Bill Gates, Michaela Watkins as Melinda Gates, and Jorge Garcia (“Lost”) as Steve Wozniak.
“In true Internet fashion, it’s not based on very thorough research – essentially a cursory look at the Steve Jobs Wikipedia page,” Ryan Perez explained, who wrote and directed “iSteve.” “It’s very silly. But it looks at his whole life.”
The idea for a film looking at Steve Jobs’ life stemmed from the initial plan to produce a fake Steve Jobs movie trailer. The idea escalated to a full feature film. Perez said he wrote the 81-page script for “iSteve” in three days and it was taped in only five.
Making fun of Steve Jobs is a risky move since the late CEO is still worshipped by Apple fans worldwide. Allison Hord, who produced “iSteve,” said the tone of the movie is such that “even the harshest fanboy critics will be able to laugh with us.”
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