EXCLUSIVE: Paradigm has signed Joshua Michael Stern. He directed JOBS, the film that starred Ashton Kutcher as Apple wunderkind Steve Jobs. Stern writes and directs his projects, and also he often generates the financing. JOBS, his third film, closed the 2013 Sundance Film Festival and was released in August by Open Road Films. Before that, he co-wrote and directed Disney’s Swing Vote, the Capra-esque fable that starred Kevin Costner as a working-class slacker in a small New Mexico border town whose vote will decide a presidential election. Stern made his feature debut with the 2005 Toronto pic Neverwas. Stern came from CAA.
The Steve Jobs biopic opens next week, and we finally have the first new full trailer in nearly six weeks. And this one, boldly titled “An American Legend,” is decidedly more light-hearted than its predecessor. Ashton Kutcher stars in Jobs as the man who co-founded Apple Computer, was booted out by its board and returned to become one of the most revered creative entrepreneurs of the 20th century. Directed by Joshua Michael Stern and written by Matthew Whiteley, the film — which Open Road picked up ahead of its Sundance premiere — also stars Dermot Mulroney, Josh Gad, Lukas Haas, J.K. Simmons and Matthew Modine. It hits theaters August 16:
The actor spoke to CNBC as part of the run-up to the opening of Jobs, where he plays late Apple CEO Steve Jobs. Ashton Kutcher discussed his philosophy as an investor, with $100M in tech start-ups. But the interesting part comes about 4:20 in, where he says that neither hedge fund manager Dan Loeb, who has vigorously criticized Sony Entertainment, nor actor George Clooney, who called Loeb a “carpetbagger,” understand how the business works. “Some of these companies are extremely bloated and spend money on relationships,” Kutcher says.
Open Road is boasting the first-ever Instagram movie trailer with its new 15-second social media spot for Jobs, starring Ashton Kutcher as Apple co-founder Steve Jobs. It trumps the blink-and-you’ll-miss-it 6-second blitz of Twitter‘s Vine app, which just a few months back was positioning itself as Hollywood’s hip new marketing tool. Or does it? Jobs hits theaters August 16. Watch:
Open Road has released a new trailer for JOBS, the film that stars Ashton Kutcher as Apple genius Steve Jobs. The movie is certainly getting some buzz before its August 16 debut, as Steve Wozniak (who is portrayed by Josh Gad) appeared on Piers Morgan Live last night and vowed to keep an open mind about the film until he watched it. The pic debuted at Sundance and chronicles Jobs’ ascension from college dropout to one of the most revered creative entrepreneurs of the 20th century. Directed by Joshua Michael Stern and written by Matthew Whiteley, JOBS stars Kutcher, Dermot Mulroney, Gad, Lukas Haas, J.K. Simmons and Matthew Modine.
Open Road, which made a pre-Sundance service deal with Five Star Films to release JOBS in April before pulling the film back because of insufficient time to market it right by rushing, now has set the release for August 16. Ashton Kutcher stars as the Apple visionary Steve Jobs. Here’s the official word:
Open Road Films will release 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 – nationwide on August 16, 2013. JOBS details the major moments and defining characters that influenced Steve Jobs on a daily basis from 1971 through 2001. The film plunges into the depths of his character, creating an intense dialogue-driven story that is as much a sweeping epic as it is an immensely personal portrait of Steve Jobs’ life. Directed by Joshua Michael Stern, written by Matthew Whiteley, JOBS was shot by Oscar-winning cinematographer Russell Carpenter and produced by Mark Hulme. JOBS stars Ashton Kutcher, Dermot Mulroney, Josh Gad, Lukas Haas, J.K. Simmons and Matthew Modine.
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.
Here is a trailer for the film:
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 Steve Wozniak (Josh Gad) to push forward with his work on an operating system with commercial potential: “How does somebody know what they want if they’ve never even seen it?” Open Road just announced it will release the pic wide April 19.
The Steve Jobs biopic starring Ashton Kutcher already is set as the closing-night movie Friday at the Sundance Film Festival. Now Open Road Films has slotted jOBS for wide release April 19. We had scooped first that Open Road picked up the indie pic and eyed an April spot — the month marks the 37th anniversary of Jobs founding Apple. The Five Star Feature Film movie, 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.
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.
Montreal-based Remstar Films said today it has acquired Canadian right to Jobs starring Ashton Kutcher as the Apple founder and will distribute the film in Canada. Directed by Joshua Micheal Stern, the film is in postproduction and will premiere as the closing night at the 2013 Sundance Film Festival. Entertainment One will handle rights in all media for the film in Canada in collaboration with Remstar, with the exception of theatrical, VOD and French-language TV rights in Quebec. Yesterday came the first pic of Kutcher as Steve Jobs:
Sundance Additions Include Ashton Kutcher-Starring Steve Jobs Biopic As Closing-Night Film, ‘Lovelace’, Scripted Series ‘Top Of The Lake’
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.
Here’s the full list of additions:
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 film about the Apple icon Steve Jobs. Mulroney will play Mike Markkula, who believes in the vision Jobs displays, but is torn between the wunderkind and the board. Scripted by Matt Whiteley and directed by Joshua Michael Stern, the film stars Ashton Kutcher as Jobs, The Book of Mormon‘s Josh Gad as Steve Wozniak, Lukas Haas as Kotke and Ahna O’Reilly as Chris-Ann Brennan. Mark Hulme and Gil Cates Jr. are producing.
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 is slated to begin later this year. Five Star Institute’s Mark Hulme is financing and will produce a film that covers Jobs’ life from his twenties to mid-thirties. CAA will be selling domestic distribution rights on the picture and packaged the project.
Inferno has a hot hand coming into Cannes, with a slate that includes Guillermo del Toro’s Pinocchio, the Olivier Dahan-directed Grace of Monaco that will star Nicole Kidman, and Maggie, the elevated genre film about the John Scott 3-penned spec script about the six-week metamorphosis of a 16-year-old teenage girl into a zombie.
“There is a lot of product out there and some buyers have said it’s more than they’ve seen in 30 years,” said Inferno’s Bill Johnson. “There are a lot of programmer type projects, but we feel pretty fortunate in that we feel we’ve got films that are standing out from the crowd.”