Described as “a renegade, but legit,” “a study in contrasts,” “a monk among priests,” “maniacal” and “a rebel,” Jobs is sketched in contradictory terms in in “Steve Jobs: The Man in the Machine” by Oscar-winner Gibney (“Taxi to the Dark Side,” “Enron: The Smartest Guys in the Room,” “We Steal Secrets,” “The Armstrong Lie,” “Finding Fela”). “This bracing film at first seduces you with the charms of the man,” writes TOH’s Ryan Lattanzio, “and then guts you with what a tricky riddle he was, an at-times sociopathic mogul who flew close to the Sun, touched it and never quite fell as he should have.”
SXSW News: ‘Steve Jobs’ Doc Goes to Alex Gibney’s Usual Distrib, Magnolia
SXSW News: 'Steve Jobs' Doc Goes to Alex Gibney's Usual Distrib, Magnolia
The CNN Films and Jigsaw production was well-received at SXSW, just as Gibney’s Sundance entry “Going Clear: Scientology, The Prison of Belief” hits theaters in advance of HBO (March 29). Magnolia has acquired the theatrical, VOD and home entertainment rights to “Steve Jobs,” while CNN Films has the television broadcast distribution rights. This is the seventh film directed by Gibney to be distributed by Magnolia.
“I am delighted to partner with Magnolia on this film,” said Gibney. “Given our long history together, I look forward to premiering “The Man in the Machine” to audiences looking for a greater understanding of the celebrated tech icon.”
Gibney conducts interviews with several people who were intimate with Jobs at different stages in his life and portrays his legacy, his myth, his complex values and his impact on us and our relationship to the computer.
“Once again Alex Gibney takes on an iconic figure and masterfully reveals the complexities and motivations behind the Steve Jobs facade that has inspired the world,” said Magnolia President Eamonn Bowles.
“Alex Gibney paints an honest portrait of one of the most revered and complex men in history allowing us a provocative look at the visionary life of Steve Jobs,” said CNN Films’ Vinnie Malhotra. “We are thrilled to partner with Magnolia Pictures again and look forward to sharing Alex’s extraordinary film with audiences, across all platforms.”
“Steve Jobs” was produced by Gibney and Viva Van Loock, executive produced for CNN Films by Vinnie Malhotra and Amy Entelis, and for Jigsaw by Stacey Offman and Gaby Darbyshire.