The first Steve Jobs biopic? It's a parody by Funny or Die

March 18, 2013|By Salvador Rodriguez
  • The movie poster for "iSteve." The Funny or Die movie stars Justin Long as Apple co-founder Steve Jobs.
The movie poster for "iSteve." The Funny or Die movie stars Justin… (Funny or Die )

The first Steve Jobs movie will premiere next month, but it's not the film anyone expected.

Funny or Die will release a parody biopic titled "iSteve" on April 15 on the Internet. It'll be the first of three movies based on the late Apple co-founder to be released.

The movie will star Justin Long as Jobs. You might remember, of course, that Long was once a major part of Apple's marketing, playing the Mac in the "I'm a Mac and I'm a PC" commercials of the 2000s.

The movie will run between 60 and 75 minutes long and be the longest project made to date by Funny or Die, a website that specializes in short parody videos that often feature well-known celebrities.

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Ryan Perez, the movie's director and writer, said he wrote the entire thing in three days and it was taped in five, according to the New York Times.

“In true Internet fashion, it’s not based on very thorough research -- essentially a cursory look at the Steve Jobs Wikipedia page,” Perez told the New York Times. “It’s very silly. But it looks at his whole life.”

Other characters to be included will be Bill Gates, played by James Urbaniak; Melinda Gates, played by Michaela Watkins; and Apple co-founder Steve Wozniak, to be played by Jorge Garcia from the TV series "Lost."

Besides "iSteve," Jobs will also be featured in the film "jOBS," which premiered this year and stars Ashton Kutcher in the lead role. That film was set to be releases next month but it has been delayed and no new release date has been given. Academy Award-winning screenwriter Aaron Sorkin is also writing a film based on Jobs' official biography, which was released in 2011.


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