Steve Jobs's death has warranted dozens of memorial services, television specials and even a commemorative book. Now, a new film about the dead Apple CEO will hit the big screen in a film featuring a never-before-seen interview from16 years ago.
"Steve Jobs: The Lost Interview" hits Landmark Theatres on Nov. 16 and 17 in select cities. The movie will be a 70-minute unedited conversation between Jobs and tech journalist Robert X. Cringely. The interview took place in 1995 when Jobs was the CEO of NeXT computer and Pixar.
According to the Los Angeles Times, Cringely’s interview with the Apple star was intended for "Triumph of the Nerds: The Rise of Accidental Empires," a PBS documentary about the origins of the personal computer industry and the materialization of Silicon Valley as an technology epicenter.
However, less than 10 minutes of the interview was used in the film and the other 59 minutes got lost forever when the master tapes were shipped.
However, a company statement from Landmark reveals the tapes were found in London.
"An unedited copy of the entire Jobs interview was discovered recently in London," the company said. "Restored and improved, yet completely original and unedited."
The company called the interview, “candid, controversial and funny.” One highlight is hearing Jobs criticize Microsoft for “making bad products”.
Cringely recounted the interview experience with LA Times. He said, "He was great that day," adding that his emotions were on display. "He was a cranky guy. I think we see that."
According to Landmark, the film will play in 19 cities including Baltimore, Atlanta, Milwaukee and Philadelphia.
The film’s fast path from interview tape to theater-ready was made possible because Cringley knows Dallas Mavericks and HD Net owner Mark Cuban, whose business partner owns 2929 Entertainment, which owns Landmark.
"Cringely had the compelling content and Cuban the means to present it," Landmark said. "It is being rushed into with theatres to allow audiences to witness a key moment with one of the most important figures of our time."