A satirical biopic based on the life of late Apple co-founder Steve is set to be released in April, and stars Apple's 'Mac vs. PC' ad series actor Justin Long, it has been revealed.
"In true internet fashion, it's not based on very thorough research – essentially a cursory look at the Steve Jobs Wikipedia page," said the film's directors, Ryan Perez. "It's very silly. But it looks at his whole life."
"We might not be the best, but we will be the first," Perez said. Open Road Films has recently announced that "Jobs" the Steve Jobs biopic starring Ashton Kutcher, has been pushed back to allow more time to market the film. Sony's big-budget Steve Jobs movie, an adaptation of Walter Isaacson's official biography written by The Social Network's Aaron Sorkin, isn't expected to near completion until the end of the year.
"iSteve" producer Allison Hord insists that the tone of the movie is such that "even the harshest fanboy critics will be able to laugh with us," despite the satirical nature of the film that pokes fun at Jobs.
Justin Long, who starred as the Mac in Apple's US series of 'Mac vs. PC' ads between 2006 and 2009, is joined by James Urbaniak as Bill Gates in "iSteve", Michaela Watkins plays Melinda Gates, and Jorge Garcia plays Apple co-founder Steve Wozniak.
"We were kicking around the idea of making a fake Steve Jobs movie trailer, and as often happens in a writers' room, the joke kind of escalated," said Hord. According to Perez, the scrip for "iSteve" was written in three days and was filmed in five.
"iSteve" will be released online on 15 April.