Steve Wozniak Hired To Work On Sorkin's Steve Jobs Movie
Ashton Kutcherís biopic about Steve Jobs might have beaten Sonyís out of the gate, but itís already trailing in both good press and expectations. Much of that, of course, has to do with Aaron Sorkin writing the screenplay, but now some of the credit should go to Steve Wozniak as well.
The deceased CEO might be given the lionís share of the credit for turning Apple into one of the largest companies in the world, but Wozniak was an incredibly important player during the early years. He and Jobs both sold many of their possessions to get the start-up money, and it was actually Woz who hand-built the Apple I. In the late 80s, he reduced his role to part time in order to build universal remote controls and beat Tetris high scores, but heís always remained an official employee. In short, other than Steve Jobs, there are few people in the world who know as much about Apple as Wozniak, and according to Reuters, heís not only given his stamp of approval, heíll actually work on the film.
Wozniakís official job on the project will be as a ďtutorĒ. Essentially, that means heíll monitor the technology and meet with Sorkin to make sure those details are correct, as well as the facts concerning Appleís early years. The screenwriter hasnít yet decided what portion of Jobsí life heíll focus the movie on, but whatever era he chooses, Woz will be able to fill in the details.
I donít know how much having someone intricately involved affects the overall quality for an adaptation of real events, but somehow, having Wozniak on board here just feels right. If the film is good enough for him, Iím sure itíll be good enough for the rest of us. Not that Sorkin hasn't earned our trust already.
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