“Jobs”, which stars Ashton Kutcher as Steve Jobs and Josh Gad as Steve Wozniak, premiered to mixed reviews in January at the Sundance Festival. The film, which had been scheduled for an April 19th release, was then delayed. Now, a report on Wednesday says the biopic will finally debut on August 16th in the U.S.
Five Star Institute’s Mark Hulme financed and produced the movie, which Open Road acquired in a service release deal prior to this year’s Sundance Film Festival, where “Jobs” was the closing night film. Both sides decided to wait and create proper buzz before releasing “Jobs” rather than rush the movie out so soon after Sundance.
By opening after most summer blockbusters (Sony’s “Elysium” is the last major title on Aug. 9) rather than mid-April, “Jobs” now stands a better chance to succeed and distinguish itself in the marketplace.
“Jobs” is just one of several Steve Jobs-related films announced in the past year or so. April saw the release of “iSteve” from humor site Funny or Die. The comedy “biography” starring Justin Long in the title role, debuted to mixed (at best) reviews.
A third Jobs film is being written by Aaron Sorkin, and should be considered the “official” biopic, as it is being adapted from Jobs’ authorized biography, written by Walter Isaacson.