Watch out, Ashton Kutcher and Aaron Sorkin — the Steve Jobs biopic field is even more crowded than you thought.
Funny or Die revealed yesterday that it, too, has crafted a close-to-full-length film about Apple’s visionary, starring Justin Long. The actor is an appropriate lead for two reasons. First of all, he played the Mac in the computer company’s classic “I’m a Mac/I’m a PC” commercials. Secondly, the film’s run time is somewhere between 60 and 75 minutes, making it by far Funny or Die’s most lengthy project to date. You know… its Longest.
Just don’t expect something as scrupulously crafted as either Kutcher’s Jobs or Sorkin’s yet-unnamed Jobs movie. “In true Internet fashion, it’s not based on very thorough research — [it's] essentially a cursory look at the Steve Jobs Wikipedia page,” writer/director Ryan Perez tells the New York Times of Funny or Die’s production, called iSteve. “It’s very silly. But it looks at his whole life.” The movie was apparently written in three days and filmed in five. It also stars character actor James Urbaniak as Bill Gates, ex-Saturday Night Live cast member Michaela Watkins as Melinda Gates, and, in a genius bit of casting, Lost‘s Jorge Garcia as Steve Wozniak.
So basically, this is going to be Walk Hard, plus the Internet, minus about an hour of unnecessary filler material. Sign us up: iSteve will premiere online April 15.
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