Laurene Powell Jobs and Tim Cook have slammed Aaron Sorkins’ upcoming biopic on Apple co-founder Steve Jobs, but according to the Sorkin, they actually might like it, if they ever go see it.
Apple CEO Tim Cook has opposed the film by calling out “opportunistic” filmmakers like Sorkin for making movies about Jobs, while Steve’s widow tried to kill the movie starring Michael Fassbender. At a press screening in New York City on Monday, Sorkin addressed their concerns, saying it might surprise them.
“Mrs. Jobs, Tim Cook, Bill Campbell — they have not seen the movie,” said Sorkin, according to a TechInsider report. “They have not read the screenplay. I think if they do see the movie they’re going to be pleasantly surprised. They haven’t seen the movie.”
In numerous press appearances Sorkin has stressed the Steve Jobs movie is not a traditional biopic, comparing it to an painting rather than a photograph. The film is divided into three acts, each taking place backstage before an Apple event. The arch of the film is supposed to make it feel like it’s not real, but gives an intense portrait of Steve Jobs.
“The structure is so cinematic that it almost eliminates it from having to be real life. It’s like clearly this didn’t happen,” said co-star Seth Rogen in a recent interview. “I think its a brilliant way of portraying 30 years of history by focusing on these three moments.”
Laurene Powell Jobs tried to lobby Sony Pictures to kill the film, saying it down played Jobs’ accomplishments and paints Steve as cruel and inhumane. People behind the movie reportedly tried to include Powell Jobs in the development of the film based off Walter Isaacson’s biography, but she declined.
Steve Jobs opens in theaters on October 9th starring Michael Fassbender, Kate Winslet, Seth Rogen, and Jeff Daniels.