After a very public, turbulent pre-production phase, the Steve Jobs biopic written by Aaron Sorkin—disappointingly titled Steve Jobs and not Computer Jesus—is officially underway and shooting around San Francisco. After being plagued by casting problems ranging from a leading man revolving door to Natalie Portman’s aborted campaign for a role, the cast is set with Michael Fassbender as Jobs, Seth Rogen as Apple co-founder Steve Wozniak, Kate Winslet as Apple marketing chief Joanna Hoffman, and Jeff Daniels as former Apple CEO John Sculley. Production began this week under Universal’s aegis.
This project had a rough go of it at Sony, ultimately falling apart before being rescued by Universal, and of course it got tangled up in the Sony Hack. But things are on track now and the goal is for director Danny Boyle to finish the movie in time for a 2015 award season entry later this year. It’s a manageable timeline—David O. Russell turned around American Hustle in a similar frame. I’m curious to see how this turns out. Sorkin, after saying he didn’t know who Fassbender is, thinks this could bag Fassbender all the nominations, “if the movie’s good”. Fassbender has a very busy year with a lot of latent award potential. Remember when I called Matthew McConaughey’s Oscar nomination two years in advance? I’m going to go ahead and do that again—Michael Fassbender will be nominated in 2016.