BREAKING: The release date of the Steve Jobs biopic that stars Ashton Kutcher has quietly been postponed. jOBS, which closed the Sundance Film Festival this year, had been set by Five Star Films and its distributor Open Road for April 19. It has moved off that date, and a new date has not been determined. Five Star made a service release deal with Open Road before the festival started, and the film’s backers were eager to release on the month marks the 37th anniversary of Jobs founding Apple. They’ve found instead that there wasn’t enough time to prepare for a proper release and create buzz for the film. The pic, directed by Joshua Michael Stern and written by Matthew Whiteley, details the major moments and defining characters that influenced Jobs covering the years 1971-2001.
Ashton Kutcher stars as Apple visionary Steve Jobs in the Joshua Michael Stern-directed jOBS, which premieres Friday as the closing film at Sundance. In this first-look clip, Kutcher walks and talks through the parking garage of Hewlett-Packard trying to convince future Apple co-founder … Read More »
In what amounts to the first Toldja! of 2013, Deadline revealed yesterday that Open Road would get the job of releasing jOBS, the film about Apple visionary Steve Jobs that stars Ashton Kutcher and will be the closing film of the upcoming Sundance Film Festival. Today, the distributor confirmed the news, adding that April will be the release target. According to my sources, this is a service deal and the financier will put up $10 million or more in P&A. Here’s the official announcement:
LOS ANGELES, CA, January 3, 2013 – Open Road Films has partnered with Five Star Feature Films on jOBS, the highly anticipated film chronicling the story of Steve Jobs’ ascension from college dropout to one of the most revered creative entrepreneurs of the 20th century. As previously announced, jOBS will premiere as the closing night film at the 2013 Sundance Film Festival. The film will be released in April 2013. The announcement was made today by Tom Ortenberg, CEO of Open Road Films and Mark Hulme of Five Star Feature Films.
EXCLUSIVE: Open Road is near a deal to distribute Jobs, the film that stars Two And A Half Men star Ashton Kutcher as Steve Jobs, the late high-tech visionary leader of Apple. Joshua Michael Stern directed a film that focuses on the trials and tribulations that Jobs encountered in his younger years as an innovator, from 1971-2000. The project was made independently by Five Star Features and is slated to close the upcoming Sundance Film Festival.
I’m told that Open Road will take on the film in a service deal with the producers, who’ll put upward of $10 million in P&A to release the picture; CAA negotiated the arrangement. Matt Whiteley wrote the script. I’ll provide more details when the distributor gets back to me, but I believe this deal will close imminently. It’s unclear exactly when the film will be released, but it will certainly precede the biopic that Aaron Sorkin is scripting, based on the Walter Isaacson bestseller Steve Jobs. That book was done in close collaboration with Jobs. While Sony acquired the book in fall 2011, just as Jobs succumbed to cancer, the studio has been moving at a deliberate pace.
The 2013 Sundance Film Festival has added several films to the out-of-competition Premieres and Documentary Premieres sections, including jOBS, the Steve Jobs biopic starring Ashton Kutcher, Dermot Mulroney, Josh Gad, Lukas Haas, J.K. Simmons, and Matthew Modine. The movie, from director Joshua Michael Stern and screenwriter Matt Whiteley, chronicles the defining 30 years of the tech giant’s life and will be the closing-night film January 27. The feature film add-ons includes Richard Linklater’s Before Midnight with Julie Delpy and Ethan Hawke, the Linda Lovelace biopic Lovelace starring Amanda Seyfried, the Jack Kerouac portrait Big Sur from writer-director Michael Polish, Park Chan-wook’s Stoker, and Nat Faxon and Jim Rash’s The Way Way Back. On the documentary side, heading to Park City is Alex Gibney’s WikiLeaks pic We Steal Secrets: The Story Of WikiLeaks; R.J. Cutler and Greg Finton’s The World According To Dick Cheney; and Which Way is the Front Line from Here?The Life And Time Of Tim Hetherington, Sebastian Junger’s ode to Hetherington, who co-directed the war docu Restrepo with Junger and was killed in a mortar attack in Libya in April 2011.
The festival also is debuting Sundance Channel’s original scripted series Top Of The Lake in the Premieres section — a first for a longform series. The seven-part crime drama from directors Jane Campion and Garth Davis stars Elisabeth Moss, Holly Hunter Peter Mullan, David Wenham and Lucy Lawless and will be shown in its entirety January 20. Another Sundance Channel series, Rectify, will be showcased in a private screening January 19.
EXCLUSIVE: Dermot Mulroney has made two moves. He has signed with WME, leaving ICM Partners after a long run and an even longer one, 18 years, with agent Carol Bodie. He has also joined the cast of Jobs, the indie … Read More »
EXCLUSIVE: JOBS, the film that will star Ashton Kutcher as Apple genius Steve Jobs, will be sold at the Cannes Film Festival by Inferno. The film will be directed by Joshua Michael Stern based on a Matt Whiteley script. Production … Read More »