Wednesday, April 17, 2013

Steve Jobs mockumentary 'iSteve' released by 'Funny or Die'

"iSteve," a 79-minute mockumentary by the website FunnyorDie, was released to the Web on Tuesday. The video's popularity is already apparent as the site is currently buckling under the load.

The movie stars -- ironically -- Justin Long, who played the Mac in Apple famous "switch" ads featuring Long and John Hodgman. Jorge Garcia of "Lost" fame plays Apple co-founder Steve Wozniak, and James Urbaniak and Michaela Watkins play Bill and Melinda Gates.

Ryan Perez, writer and director of "iSteve," said:
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.
In another somewhat ironic twist, the official Steve Jobs biography was originally titled "iSteve: The Book of Jobs" before it was renamed.

"iSteve" is, of course, a parody, as with everything FunnyorDie does. There are two real movies slated to come out in the future.

"Jobs," which stars Ashton Kutcher as Steve Jobs, premiered at this year's Sundance Film Festival to mixed reviews. Originally set to open Friday, its release date has been postponed indefinitely, possibly for marketing purposes.

Another, separate production is based on the official Steve Jobs biography by Walter Isaacson. Scripted by writer Aaron Sorkin of "The Social Network" and "The West Wing," the movie will follow Jobs in three 30-min scenes presented in real-time, showing events backstage at key Apple product launches.

It is expected to be released later this year.

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