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Steve Jobs Battles Joker in Theaters Next Year

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In the weeks following the passing of Apple (AAPL) CEO Steve Jobs, chronicling the inspirational leader's life never seemed so lucrative. Walter Isaacson's bestseller Steve Jobs: A Biography was buoyed by personal interviews with Jobs. Adam Lashinsky's tell-all Inside Apple exposed the darker, crazier side of Cupertino. And based on the success of its take on Facebook (FB) chief Mark Zuckerberg, Bluewater Productions even gave the CEO the comic book treatment.

And speaking of comic book characters, come next year, Steve Jobs will go head-to-head with Joker on the big screen!

Well, sort of.

Actor Matthew Modine, best known for playing "Private Joker" in Stanley Kubrick's classic Full Metal Jacket, has been cast as former Pepsi (PEP) CEO John Sculley -- AKA The Man Who Fired Steve Jobs -- in next year's jOBS biopic.

As the legend goes, Jobs lured Sculley to Apple's CEO position with the infamous pickup line "Do you want to spend the rest of your life selling sugared water to children, or do you want a chance to change the world?" As CEO, Sculley regularly clashed with Jobs and fired him two years later.

You can guess who ultimately won that battle.

And while many would view Sculley as the mustache-twirling villain of the tale, Modine has a different take on the role.

"The interesting thing about that is some people may look at John Sculley as a villain in the story, an antagonist in the story," Modine told CBS News. "You know the story of Michael Jordan. When he was playing high school basketball, he was kicked off the team. He was cut. And had Michael Jordan not been cut, a lot of people believe he wouldn't have found the aspiration and desire to show his coach that he was wrong and become the Michael Jordan who changes the game of basketball."

And if the Joker didn't kill Bruce Wayne's parents in Tim Burton's Batman, the orphan would never have become the Caped Crusader.

But while Modine's depiction of Sculley probably won't result in a high-octane, Avengers-esque battle royale, certainly an actor portraying Microsoft (MSFT) chief Steve Ballmer could double as Lex Luthor.

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