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Catmull is very well placed to know what would make for a great Steve Jobs film, too. That’s because the current president of Pixar Animation Studios and Walt Disney Animation Studios worked alongside the Apple icon for quite some time during the formation of the Emeryville-based company. In fact, there is a specific period of Jobs’ life that Ed Catmull believes is perfect for a cinematic adaptation. And, during his recent interview with The Hollywood Reporter, he decided to go all out and pitched his version to the world, saying:
When he left Apple, he then entered into what really is the classic hero’s journey: He’s wandering in the wilderness, he’s working with NeXT, it’s not working. He’s working with Pixar, we’re failing. In that process, Steve learned some major lessons, and he changed. He became an empathetic person, and we all saw this when [the Walter Isaacson book] was being written. Nobody’s going to psychoanalyze Steve while he was alive. That aspect of Steve was missed. That’s the real story.
I’m not sure if it is my residual love for all things Pixar talking, but I’d watch that film in a heartbeat. I mean it certainly sounds better than Danny Boyle and Aaron Sorkin’s ultimately repetitive Steve Jobs, whose merry-go-round, dolling out of characters became so predictable that it was reminiscent of Cheers.
Sorry, I didn’t mean that. I enjoyed Steve Jobs. It was funny, dramatic, filled to the brim with great performances, and, most importantly, great entertainment. It’s only failing is that it didn’t have the pathos or resonance of The Social Network. Plus, it also tanked at the box office, which sadly now means that people will forget its positives and only remember the negatives.
Ed Catmull was talking ahead of the release of The Good Dinosaur, the latest Pixar film, which is set in an alternate timeline where Earth was never hit by an asteroid and dinosaurs never became extinct. It looks superbly sweet and captivating.
We’ll see if that’s actually the case when The Good Dinosaur is finally released next week, on November 25, 2015.