If you live in New York City or Los Angeles, you can actually go to a theater today to see the long-awaited, and much discussed, biopic of Apple's late co-founder Steve Jobs. However, the studio behind the movie, Universal Pictures, has decided to debut the film in just four theaters this weekend, before in opens in far more cineplexes nationwide on October 23.
According to Deadline:
Though a studio offering, the title has some kinship with its more traditional specialty counterparts with a limited release positioned to capitalize on festival buzz."
The film was directed by Danny Boyle and stars Michael Fassbender as Jobs. Even though he looks nothing like Apple's co-founder, Fassbender's performance as Jobs is already generating a lot of praise from critics, with many seeing him getting an Oscar nomination. The movie also stars Seth Rogen as Apple's other co-founder Steve Wozniak, along with Kate Winslet as Joanna Hoffman and Jeff Daniels as John Sculley.
Steve Jobs was written by Aaron Sorkin, and he based his script in part on the biography of Apple's co-founder by Walter Isaacson. Sorkin wrote the script in three acts, centering on a product launch. The first takes place in 1984, with the launch of the first Macintosh. The second occurs in 1988, when Jobs launched his ill-fated NeXT computer. The final act jumps ahead to 1998 when Jobs, now back at Apple, reveals the first iMac.
Each act was filmed with different methods, according to Doyle:
"We used 16mm film for the first act because it felt like the early days and [Steve Jobs] felt like the pirate and rebel breaking down the edifice of IBM. [Then we used] 35mm for the second act, which has a subterranean river of intention running through it… and then we moved to [digital] in the third part."