Pirates of Silicon Valley to Air Tonight on TNT
TNT to re-run TV movie about Steve Jobs and How He Shaped the Tech Industry and Battled Bill Gates
CUPERTINO, CA - As the Internet is awash with remarks and remembrances about Steve Jobs, who died on Wednesday, October 5, 2011, TNT plans to air Pirates of Silicon Valley tonight at 8 p.m. and again at 10 p.m.
Partially based on the book "Fire in the Valley: The Making of the Personal Computer" written by Paul Feiberger and Michael Swaine, the director Martyn Burke jump cuts through key moments in time for the two companies in telling the tale of Apple's rise, Steve Jobs' business relationship with Bill Gates, the schism between Jobs and Steve Wozniak, and Apple's fall as Gates out pirates the pirates, and leads Microsoft to dominate the computer industry.
During the penultimate scene of the movie, Steve Jobs introduces an Apple T-shirt wearing Bill Gates as a part of the Apple family to an audience of Apple employees before giving them a sneak preview of the Apple 1984 commercial that was being filmed in the open scene.
After the sneak preview of the legendary TV commercial, Jobs was given concrete proof that Microsoft did replicated software from the Macintosh.
When Jobs confronted Gates with it, Gates famously replied with, "You and I are both like guys who had this rich neighbor - Xerox - who left the door open all the time. And you go sneakin' in to steal a TV set. Only when you get there, you realize that I got there first. I got the loot, Steve! And you're yellin'? "That's not fair. I wanted to try to steal it first." You're too late."
Noah Wyle, now starring in TNT’s apocalyptic series “Falling Skies,” plays Steve Jobs in the movie that came out in 1999. Anthony Michael Hall is Microsoft founder Bill Gates, while Joey Slotnick is Apple co-founder Steve Wozniak.