Mark this date on your favorite calendar app: Friday, Oct. 9, 2015.
According to CNBC, that’s the theatrical release date set by Universal Pictures for “Steve Jobs,” the upcoming biopic based on Walter Isaacson’s authorized biography of the same name about the eponymous Apple co-founder and CEO.
The date is expected to make “Steve Jobs” recent enough for serious consideration during awards season. Indeed, the movie is a likely contender for film awards. Not only is it a biographic drama film, which should sit well with the conventional preference of most award-giving bodies, but it’s also being made with a handful of Academy Award honorees.
They include Michael Fassbender (Best Supporting Actor nominee for “12 Years a Slave), Kate Winslet (Best Actress winner for “The Reader”), Aaron Sorkin (Best Adapted Screenplay winner for “The Social Network”), and Danny Boyle (Best Director winner for “Slumdog Millionaire”).
The release date’s announcement comes just over a week into the principal photography of “Steve Jobs.”
In addition to Fassbender and Rogen, “Steve Jobs” features Winslet as former Macintosh marketing chief Joanna Hoffman and Jeff Daniels as former Apple CEO John Sculley.
Also part of the film’s cast are: Katherine Waterston as Chrisann Brennan, Jobs’ longtime partner; Michael Stuhlbarg as Andy Hertzfeld, one of the original members of the Macintosh development team; Sarah Snook as former Apple PR guru Andrea Cunningham; Adam Shapiro as former Apple software chief Avie Tevanian; and Perla Haney-Jardine, Ripley Sobo, and Makenzie Moss as Lisa Brennan-Jobs, Jobs’ first child and daughter of Brennan, at various stages of her life.
As touted by Universal, which picked up the project from Sony, the film is mainly set backstage at three iconic product launches spearheaded by Jobs.
“Steve Jobs” isn’t the only film about Jobs that’s coming out this year, though. As we reported yesterday, “Steve Jobs: The Man in the Machine” is set to have its world premiere at the film festival of this year’s edition of South by Southwest in mid-March.
“Steve Jobs: The Man in the Machine” is directed by Alex Gibney, who won the Academy Award for Best Documentary Feature in 2007 for the torture and interrogation documentary “Taxi to the Dark Side.” According to its official synopsis, the nonfictional film is focused on “exploring how Jobs’ life and work shaped our relationship with the computer.”
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