With the debut of a new movie hitting theaters on the life of tech genius and Apple CEO Steve Jobs, the director of the film is raising eyebrows with what he thinks about people such as Jobs and others like Facebook chief Mark Zuckerberg.
Director Danny Boyle (pictured above) said that he took on the Jobs biopic after reading The Circle, a book by Dave Eggers that warns of a dystopian future where tech companies essentially rule the world. It was this conspiracy idea that drove Boyle as he crafted the new film Steve Jobs.
According to The Hollywood Reporter, Boyle claimed that the increasing power of tech companies has serious “drawbacks” for our society.
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“These companies are so powerful now that governments are running scared,” Boyle told the paper. “They have such influence around the world, they’ve replaced petrochemical companies, pharmaceutical companies, they’re bigger than all of them put together and they have tremendous, terrifying power and it’s important that artists and writers are not cowed by them and if that means they’re accused of being opportunistic, then so be it.”
The director went on, saying, “It’s important that we put these people in the spotlight to examine their own business reasons or visionary reasons, and we need to keep an eye on them.”
The new film paints a very unflattering portrait of the now deceased Apple genius, one that the CEO’s widow tried to have quashed.
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According to insiders at Sony Pictures, Jobs’ widow, Laurene Jobs, called the studio and even tried to reach out to some of the actors in the film to let them know that she was very displeased with the direction the film was taking.
With a $30 million budget, Steve Jobs, starring Michael Fassbender in the lead and co-starring Kate Winslet, Seth Rogen, and Jeff Daniels, will hit theaters on October 9.
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