NEW YORK (TheStreet) -- If you're expecting to "think different" when you see the new Steve Jobs movie, think again.
Universal, owned by Comcast (CMCSA), released the first trailer for the latest movie about the Apple (AAPL) co-founder over the weekend, and judging from initial reaction, it doesn't look good. The screenplay for Steve Jobs was written by The Social Network screenwriter Aaron Sorkin, and is based on the best-selling 2011 biography of Jobs by Walter Isaacson.
The reaction on social media hasn't been kind either, with a few selected tweets pointing out problems with the film.
Oh boy. I'm already not okay with this. First Steve Jobs trailer shows Michael Fassbender as the Apple founder http://t.co/89D5sueeip— nilay patel (@reckless) May 18, 2015
Well the new Steve Jobs movie looks terrible— Seth Fiegerman (@sfiegerman) May 18, 2015
Michael Fassbender, who plays Steve Jobs in the Danny Boyle-directed film, not only looks nothing like Steve Jobs (compared to Ashton Kutcher, who played Jobs in the 2013 flop Jobs), he sounds nothing like him, either. The casting of Seth Rogen as Steve Wozniak seems to be misplaced as well, doing no justice to the man who co-founded Apple along with Jobs.
There may be some hope for the movie, however, given Aaron Sorkin's involvement. Sorkin won an Oscar for his screenplay for The Social Network, which was based off the life and rise of Facebook (FB) CEO Mark Zuckerberg.
Steve Jobs takes a look at three major events in Jobs' life -- the launch of the Macintosh in 1984, the start of NeXT in 1988 and lastly, Jobs' first major product upon his return to Apple -- the unveiling of the iMac in 1998.
The movie, whose budget is not yet known, has been mired in production issues since Sony Pictures (SNE) first acquired the rights to Isaacson's book in 2011. David Fincher was set to direct the film when Sony still had the rights, with Christian Bale set to pay the lead role. But issues developed between Fincher and Sony, which led to Boyle taking over the film and Bale dropping out. Other actors were considered for the role, including Leonardo DiCaprio (who ultimately turned the film down), as well as Ben Affleck, Matt Damon and Bradley Cooper.
Steve Jobs hits theaters stateside Oct. 9, 2015.