The first Steve Jobs movie will hit screens in less than two weeks, but not at the local theater.
Comedy site Funny or Die today unveiled the first trailer for its upcoming feature-length video. iSteve will debut April 15 on the site, and run more than an hour — the longest film the video site has ever produced.
“In true Internet fashion, it’s not based on very thorough research — essentially a cursory look at the Steve Jobs Wikipedia page,” writer and director Ryan Perez told the New York Times in March.
The trailer features various voiceovers and images of Apple products through the years, from Mac OS 9.1 to the original iPod (“Lowercase I, uppercase P, lowercase O, lowercase D. Write that down,” the main character says), as well as an iPad screen with rows of Apple applications and the classic technicolored spinning beach ball.
Only toward the end of the trailer do we catch a real glimpse of any of the characters, when star Justin Long (pictured) appears on screen, shouting “I am Apple!” Long appeared in the early “Get a Mac” TV commercials, as the Mac to John Hodgman’s PC.
James Urbaniak and Michaela Watkins star as Bill and Melinda Gates, while Lost’s Jorge Garcia is creative partner and co-founder Steve Wozniak.
iSteve will not be the only take on Jobs’s life, however. Recently, Open Road Film delayed the theatrical release of Jobs. The Ashton Kutcher-led film was originally scheduled to hit theaters April 19 — the 37th anniversary of the founding of Apple. But the studio said it needed more time to market the movie; a new date has not been announced.
The biopic premiered at the 2013 Sundance Film Festival, and stars Kutcher and Josh Gad, of Broadway’s Book of Mormon and NBC’s 1600 Penn fame, as the two Steves; Dermot Mulroney, James Woods, Matthew Modine, and J.K. Simmons also star.
Its delay leaves plenty of room for Funny or Die’s video to make a splash, but potentially pushes Jobs into heavy competition with the Aaron Sorkin-penned movie based on Walter Isaacson’s biography, Steve Jobs. No release date has been set for that, either.
By Stephanie Mlot, PCMag