Written by: FFT Webmaster | May 8th, 2012
A biopic of Apple co-founder Steve Jobs is inching towards production with a rule-breaking Texas businessman getting the project off the ground. Mark Hulme has never produced a movie, lives thousands of miles from Hollywood in Dallas and had no personal connection to the late Apple sage. As the founder of Five Star Institute, a publishing, communications and conference production company, Hulme asked staffer Matt Whiteley to pen a script and decided that the privately held company would produce and finance the project. Definitely an underdog in this pursuit (considering that Sony is planning its own authorized version of the Jobs story), the company has made a connection with uber-agent CAA, who have come forward in getting Ashton Kutcher assigned to the project. The company has set up Five Star Features which will operate out of Pasadena and produce one film a year. JOBS, which will cost $20 to $30 million, will cover the entrepreneur’s life from 1971 to 2000. Shooting is scheduled to begin at the end of this month, although no director has yet to be assigned.