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First Steve Jobs Biopic Coming April 15 from Funny or Die

As I've reported in the past, two Steve Jobs biographical films are in the works and slated for theatrical release. But now a third biopic is coming: iSteve, a spoof scheduled for online release April 15. Created by the humorous website Funny or Die, the movie stars Justin Long, who was the "stand-in" for Jobs in the famous "I'm a Mac, I'm a PC" TV commercials. It will run between 60-75 minutes, which is longer than any of Funny or Die's other humorous videos. The site first announced the movie in March, and has now released a trailer.

The movie will also feature James Urbaniak as Bill Gates, Michaela Watkins as Melinda Gates, and Jorge Garcia as Apple co-founder Steve Wozniak. Ryan Perez, who wrote and directed the movie, said the script is based on the Wikipedia page on Jobs. According to The New York Times, Perez wrote the movie script in three days, and it was filmed in five.

Also in the works are an independent biopic starring Ashton Kutcher and one from Sony that's being written by Aaron Sorkin. No release date has been set for either of these. The movie starring Kutcher played at Sundance earlier this year. While it was originally supposed to be released this month, it's been postponed with no release date specified. 

The Times reports that Funny or Die initially played with the idea of simply making a fake trailer, but the notion quickly escalated to a full-length movie.

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Jim Karpen holds a Ph.D. in literature and writing, and has a love of gizmos. His doctoral dissertation focused on the revolutionary consequences of digital technologies and anticipated some of the developments taking place in the industry today. Jim has been writing about the Internet and technology since 1994 and has been using Apple's visionary products for decades.