Steve Jobs widow tried to halt the new film about her husband written by West Wing creator Aaron Sorkin and based on the Walter Isaacson 2011 biography, which she also disliked, the Wall Street Journal reports.
The WSJ Sunday said Laurene Powel Jobs asked Sony Pictures and Universal Pictures to stop the film that directed by Danny Boyle and starring Michael Fassbender as Jobs.
Reports say Mrs. Jobs was repeatedly asked to participate in the film or to identify what she objected to in Sorkin’s script, but declined.
The WSJ described Jobs as portrayed in the film as “brilliant but abrasivej” and dramatizes some of his contentious relationships such as with Steve Wozniak, Joanna Hoffman, and John Sculley, as well as his daughter.
For his part, Wozniak, who earned $200,000 to consult on the film told the Journal, “It’s about Jobs and his personality and I think they did a great job,” even though the film did not always portray actual real events.
The film, titled simply “Steve Jobs,” hits limited distribution in New York and LA on Friday, Oct. 9, then goes into full distribution nationally on Oct. 23.