Aaron Sorkin, the screenwriter for the upcoming Steve Jobs movie, didn’t hold back his feelings about Tim Cook’s recent comments. Sorkin said that Cook has “a lot of nerve” calling his film “opportunistic,” which seems to imply that the filmmakers are capitalizing on Steve Jobs’ death. Sorkin threw additional shots too.
“Nobody did this movie to get rich,” Sorkin commented. “Secondly, Tim Cook should really see the movie before he decides what it is.”
The screenwriter for the film told The Hollywood Reporter exactly how he felt during a press junket in London and even brought up some ethical issues on Apple’s part.
“Third, if you’ve got a factory full of children in China assembling phones for 17 cents an hour you’ve got a lot of nerve calling someone else opportunistic,” Sorkin added.
Ouch. That’s a pretty bold statement to make about the CEO of the wealthiest company in the world. Although being in that position, I’m sure Tim Cook has heard much worse.
Cook expressed his disapproval of the Steve Jobs film when he visited The Late Show with Stephen Colbert for a bit of chatter and iPhone 6s promotion. He said he hasn’t seen any of the movies about Steve Jobs thus far.
Steve Jobs is the second film to come out about the former Apple CEO and co-founder after his passing. Jobs made its debut in 2013 starring Ashton Kutcher, but Cook didn’t exactly have warm, fuzzy feelings for that film either. On the bright side, Woz is pretty impressed with the upcoming title, stating it’s a pretty accurate representation of Jobs.
Aaron Sorkin’s Steve Jobs debuts in theaters on October 23.