‘Steve Jobs’ Trailer Turns Apple Founder’s Life Into A Dark Opera

The birth of the Mac is a tale as old as…well, as old as the first Mac, which dates back to 1984. The Macintosh 128K breathed new life into the already-burgeoning computer industry, and with its entrance came the persona of Steve Jobs, a hypercharged detail-man who refused to accept failure.

And for the second time this decade, Hollywood is treating us to Jobs’ story, this time under the direction of Slumdog Millionaire‘s Danny Boyle, and written by tech-biopic veteran Aaron Sorkin (who wrote The Social Network, and more notably, The West Wing).

In a trailer released today, Michael Fassbender takes on the role of Jobs, showing equal parts of the legendary CEO’s emotional outbursts and Hollywood’s propensity for designers shoving papers off desks.

The movie, aptly titled Steve Jobs, brings us from the dramatic unveiling of the first Macintosh to deep into Jobs’ twilight years, taking turns at his relationship with his family and once-partner Steve Wozniak (Seth Rogen). The movie will features three acts, each one an “iconic” product launch, according to the film’s website. Rogen’s voice opens the trailer: “What do you do? You’re not engineer. You’re not a designer. You can’t put a hammer to a nail. I built the circuitboard. The graphical interface was stolen! So how come, 10 times in a day, I read Steve Jobs is a genius?

“What do you do?” a relatively-schlubby Wozniak asks again of the sleek, well-groomed Jobs.

“Musicians play their instruments. I play the orchestra,” cooly replies Jobs, cuing an orchestral number that pushes the viewer through a 2 more minutes of quick cuts and full-moon spectacles.

Responses has been mixed on Twitter:


But Marco Arment, developer and co-host of the Accidental Tech Podcast has some different thoughts.

Steve Jobs hits theaters October 9, 2015.