If you’re bummed out to learn that Ashton Kutcher’s Steve Jobs biopic Jobs has been delayed indefinitely, don’t worry – there’s another film about the Apple visionary ready to debut next month.
Website Funny or Die has revealed that it will be releasing iSteve – a comedic take on Jobs’ life and the biopic format – and it will be debuting on April 15, just four days before Kutcher’s film was set to hit theaters. Did a Funny or Die movie really scare a serious Jobs film into changing its release date?
Kutcher’s indie film was reportedly delayed because distributor Open Road Films didn’t have enough time to mount an effective ad campaign ahead of the April 19 release date. That means Funny or Die’s film will have zero competition in the burgeoning Steve Jobs biopic market.
iSteve features veteran Apple commercial star Justin Long in the lead role. Like all Funny or Die productions, the aim is to be hilarious rather than factual. Writer and director Ryan Perez says “In true Internet fashion, it’s not based on very thorough research — essentially a cursory look at the Steve Jobs Wikipedia page. It’s very silly. But it looks at his whole life.”
The comedy website is primarily known for short clips you watch at work when the boss isn’t around, but iSteve will be far meatier than other things at Funny or Die – running for somewhere between 60-75 minutes when it’s all said and done.
The idea was spawned when the site decided to do a Steve Jobs movie trailer parody, but according to Perez, “the joke kind of escalated.” Perez tells the New York Times he wrote the 81-page script in three days and shot the film in five. We doubt Jobs, who was meticulous about revising new products before they released to the general public, would approve of that schedule.
If nothing else, iSteve will have the distinction of being the first Steve Jobs film on the market. With Kutcher’s film delayed indefinitely and Aaron Sorkin’s take on the tech guru’s life still in the early stages of development, iSteve might be the only way to get your Steve Jobs fix for the foreseeable future. Stream it on your iPad next month.