For fans of the upcoming Steve Jobs biopic starring Ashton Kutcher, there is some good news and some bad news.
First the bad news: THR recently reported the new film about Apple’s co-founder is getting its release date pushed back. The movie was originally slated for an April 19th release date but due to some nervousness about inadequate marketing time and the mixed reviews it received at its Sundance premiere in January, the Studio has decided to pull back. Jobs, previously titled jOBS, does not have a replacement release date as of yet.
Now the good news: While fans wait for the real thing to premiere, they can get their Steve Jobs biopic fill elsewhere. According to EW, The humor site “Funny or Die revealed yesterday that it, too, has crafted a close-to-full-length film about Apple’s visionary, starring Justin Long.”
The 60 to 75 minute long film, titled iSteve, is the site’s lengthiest project to date.
So what can fans expect to see when the film premieres online on April 15?
Writer/Director Ryan Perez told the New York Times “In true Internet fashion, it’s not based on very thorough research — [it’s] essentially a cursory look at the Steve Jobs Wikipedia page. It’s very silly. But it looks at his whole life.”
Interestingly, Perez’s quote about his film and Eric Kohn’s review comment about the Aaron Sorkin-directed Jobs, is that they are startlingly similar.
Kohn wrote in Indiewire, “The story maintains the subtleties of a made-for-TV movie and relates an origin tale with a superficiality one could obtain through a cursory browsing of Jobs’ Wikipedia page.”
So if fans are to take Kohn’s word for it, they’ll get a similar rendition of the late visionary’s life with either film…the only difference is the Funny or Die version was actually going for that.