Film actor Matthew Modine has signed on to the upcoming Steve Jobs biopic entitled jOBS, which stars Ashton Kutcher as the late Apple founder. Directed by Joshua Michael Stern (Swing Vote), the film will chronicle Jobs‘ life from 1971 through the 21st century. Modine has been tapped to play John Sculley, the former Pepsi-Cola CEO whom Jobs recruited to lead Apple in 1983. Sculley has longbeen known as the man who “fired” Jobs two years later. The two had clashed in their respective roles at Apple, leading up to Jobs‘ removal fromthe company in 1985. Sculley served as Apple CEO from 1983 to 1993. Book of Mormon star Josh Gad will portray Apple co-founder Steve Wozniak in the film, due out this fall. The movie began principal photography in June. Early scenes will be shot in the actual Los Altos home where Jobs grew up and in thehistoric garage where he founded Apple.
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“The interesting thing about that is some people may look at John Sculley as a villain in the story, an antagonist in the story,” Modine said, adding,”You know the story of Michael Jordan. When he was playing high school basketball, he was kicked off the team. He was cut. And had MichaelJordon not been cut, a lot of people believe he wouldn’t have found the aspiration and desire to show his coach that he was wrong and become theMichael Jordon who changes the game of basketball. It’s my feeling — and I think there’s a lot of people who feel — that had John Sculley not fired Steve Jobs from Apple Computers and Steve go on thejourney that he did when he was away from Apple Computers that we wouldn’t be speaking about Steve Jobs today,” – Matthew Modine
The film chronicling the life of Steve Jobs, the Apple Inc. co-founder and charismatic master of innovation, begins principal photography in June and in keeping with the project’s commitment to accuracy and authenticity, will film early scenes in the actual Los Altos home where Jobs grew up and in the historic garage where he and Steve Wozniak founded Apple. Titled jOBS, the biopic stars Ashton Kutcher as the iconic Silicon Valley visionary, and will shed new light on Steve Jobs‘ most defining and personal moments, motivations, and the people that drove him. The film covers Jobs from his early years as an impressionable youth and wayward hippie, through his initial successes and infamous ousting, to his storybook return and ultimate triumphs as a man who set out to change the world and did just that. Executive producer Mark Hulme and Five Star Feature Films launched the production immediately following Jobs‘ retirement in August 2011. Screenwriter Matt Whiteley, while penning the script, utilized a team of expert researchers based on months of exhaustive research and interviews with Steve Jobs‘ friends, colleagues, and mentors to develop the most truthful and gripping picture of Jobs‘ life. From director Joshua Michael Stern (Swing Vote, Neverwas), and Oscar winning cinematographer Russell Carpenter (Titanic), jOBS details the major moments and defining characters that influenced Steve Jobs on a daily basis from 1971 through 2000. jOBS chronicles the 30 most defining years of Steve Jobs‘ life, as seen through his, colleagues‘, and friends’ eyes. Dark, honest, and uncompromising, jOBS plunges into the depths of his character, creating an intense dialogue-driven story that is as much a sweeping epic as it is an immensely personal portrait of Steve Jobs‘ life. A rousing narrative of this business and tech icon, jOBS pulls no punches and does not speculate, telling only the candid and captivating account of the life of Steven Paul Jobs. The film is represented by Creative Artists Agency. jOBS will be released in late fall 2012. For more information go to www.thejobsmovie.com