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‘Steve Jobs’ screenwriter slams Apple’s Tim Cook over ‘opportunistic’ snub

Earlier this month, Apple CEO Tim Cook described movie-makers capitalising on the death of former Apple boss Steve Jobs as “opportunistic”.

But that public snub hasn’t sat well with the screenwriter of the upcoming “Steve Jobs” movie.

Speaking to The Hollywood Reporter, Aaron Sorkin said: “Nobody did this movie to get rich.”

Sorkin continued: “Secondly, Tim Cook should really see the movie before he decides what it is.”

The writer also turned out one particularly accusatory accusation, saying: “Third, if you’ve got a factory full of children in China assembling phones for 17 cents an hour you’ve got a lot of nerve calling someone else opportunistic.”

Tim Cook originally made his comments earlier this month, speaking on The Late Show with Stephen Colbert.

The CEO admitted that he hadn’t watched the ‘Steve Jobs’ movie yet, but he wasn’t keen on such works.

“The Steve I knew was an amazing human being,” said Cook. “He’s someone that you wanted to do your best work [for]. He invented things that I think other people could not. He solved problems other people could not.”

Cook added: “I think that a lot of people are trying to be opportunistic, and I hate this; it’s not a great part of our world.”

At the time, Cook also rebutted the suggestion that Apple’s supply chain is built on the ill-treatment of workers.

“In our supply chain, we train everybody on…their rights as we see them,” explained the CEO.

He added: “We have a really high bar. We bring college classes to our manufacturing plants because we want people to grow and move up their own career ladder.”

However, Apple’s questionable supply practices have been the focus of several pieces of investigative journalism, which likely sparked Sorkin’s comments.

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The Steve Jobs movie, which is directed by Danny Boyle and stars Michael Fassbender, is due to release in New York and Los Angeles on October 9, with a wider release scheduled for October 23.

Do you think Sorkin has overacted, or is Cook being too quick to judge? Tell us your thoughts in the comments.

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