While we haven’t gotten many details about the Aaron Sorkin-penned screenplay based on Walter Isaacson’s Steve Jobs biography, we have previously learned that it will focus on three separate days in the life of the Apple co-founder, with each 30-minute act taking place just before a major product announcement. We also know that Michael Fassbender will star alongside Seth Rogen, Michael Stuhlbarg, Kate Winslet, Perla Haney-Jardine, and Jeff Daniels.
Today we got our hands on a copy of the screenplay (or at least a February 2014 draft of it) which reveals what many already may have already suspected based on previous reports: the three products Jobs will unveil during the biopic are the original Macintosh, the NeXT Cube, and the iMac.
The film opens with the launch of the Macintosh and a key scene in which Andy Hertzfeld and Joanna Hoffman attempt to convince Steve Jobs to cut the iconic “Hello, I am Macintosh” moment from the computer’s demo due to a voice synthesizer problem. “The first rule of a launch is nothing can crash,” Hoffman says.
That’s followed up by a humorous moment in which Jobs tries to convince his team to turn off the exit signs above the doors to totally darken the room during the event. He even offers to pay whatever fines the fire marshal imposes. “If a fire causes a stampede to the unmarked exits, it will have been worth it to those who survive,” Jobs quips.
In a private conversation between Jobs and Hoffman moments later, the executive expresses his fear that if this demo bombs, IBM will become to computers what the Bell telephone company was to phones. Jobs resigns to scrubbing the entire product launch if they can’t get the voice demo working again.
Jobs then confronts Hertzfeld, saying that he will destroy the engineer’s reputation if he doesn’t fix the voice demo:
Here’s what I’m going to do. I’m going to announce the names of everyone who designed the launch demo–I’m going to introduce everyone and ask them to stand up. The bag was designed by Susan Kare, the Macintosh font that’s scrolling across the screen was designed by Steve Capps, the starry night and the skywriting was Bruce Horn, MacPaint, MacWrite, Alice, down to the calculator and then I’m going to say the voice demo was designed by Andy Hertzfeld and you’re not gonna die but you’re gonna wish you did.
The second act covers the moments before the first public demo of the NeXT Cube following Steve’s exile from Apple, while the third act details the evolution of both Jobs and the earlier computers by showing us what happened before the original iMac announcement.
Steve’s daughter Lisa plays a role in all three acts, confirming earlier reports that she would be a major character. In the first act, for example, Steve insists that his decision to name a computer after his now-five-year-old daughter was merely a coincidence… right in front of her. This topic comes up again later in the film.
If you’re wondering how the film ends (spoiler warning here, obviously), the final scene features Steve reconciling with Lisa just moments before an announcer introduces Jobs to demo the iMac, followed by a hard cut to black and the end credits.
The movie hits theaters on October 9th.