Laurene Powell Jobs was unhappy with production of the new movie “Steve Jobs,” which is based on Walter Isaacson’s biography of her late husband, The Wall Street Journal reports. Powell Jobs was so unhappy with the movie, in fact, that she reportedly “tried to kill” it multiple times.
The Wall Street Journal reports that Powell Jobs contacted both Sony Pictures Entertainment and Universal Pictures to try to stop them releasing the movie.
Powell Jobs also refused to help filmmakers with the project, according to producer Scott Rudin. He told The Wall Street Journal that “she refused to discuss anything in Aaron’s script that bothered her despite my repeated entreaties.”
However, Apple cofounder Steve Wozniak was more positive about the movie. He told The Wall Street Journal that “I feel that it did a great job.” Wozniak was paid $US200,000 (£131,000) to assist in making the film.
Apple has a long history of rejecting portrayals of Jobs. Executives from the company expressed their disappointment with Walter Isaacson’s book, even though Jobs collaborated with the author on it. Jobs even went so far as to personally select the photograph of himself that would be used on the cover. Apple CEO Tim Cook said that Isaacson’s book about Jobs “did him a tremendous disservice. It was just a rehash of a bunch of stuff that had already been written, and focused on small parts of his personality. You get the feeling that [Steve’s] a greedy, selfish egomaniac.”
Several Apple employees reportedly walked out of a screening of a documentary of Jobs’ life by filmmaker Alex Gibney. Apple executive Eddy Cue also tweeted that he was disappointed in the movie.
Very disappointed in SJ:Man in the Machine. An inaccurate and mean-spirited view of my friend. It’s not a reflection of the Steve I knew.
— Eddy Cue (@cue) March 16, 2015
However, Apple has given its unofficial blessing to one account of Jobs’ life. “Becoming Steve Jobs,” published earlier this year, was praised by executives from the company. Eddy Cue said on Twitter that the “best portrayal is about to be released – Becoming Steve Jobs (book). Well done and first to get it right.” And that praise was followed by a tweet promoting the book sent from an official Apple Twitter account: