Kutcher-Led ‘jOBS’ Biopic Opens April 19

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Open Roads Films announced this week that its Steve Jobs biopic jOBS will hit theaters April 19 — the same month that Apple will celebrate its 37th anniversary.

The Ashton Kutcher-led film will debut at the 2013 Sundance Film Festival, and serve as the closing-night film of the week-long event in Park City, Utah.

The biopic chronicles Jobs’s rise from college dropout to exalted entrepreneur and household name. Or, as Five Star Feature Films put it: “The film covers Jobs from his early years as an impressionable youth and wayward hippie, through his initial successes and infamous ousting, to his storybook return and ultimate triumphs as a man who set out to change the world and did just that.”

Principal photography for jOBS began last summer, shooting early scenes in the actual Los Altos, Calif., house and garage that played an instrumental role in Jobs’s early Silicon Valley life. The “Apple Garage” was the site where Jobs and Steve Wozniak assembled much of the first 50-unit order for Apple-1 computers in 1977.

The same locale is featured on the film’s website, which currently reads “What emerges from this garage will change the world forever,” above the April 19 release date. Interested fans can sign up to receive emailed production updates from the studio.

“[The movie] will shed new light on Steve Jobs’s most defining and personal moments, motivations, and the people that drove him,” Five Star said.

One of those people is creative partner and Apple co-founder Wozniak, played by Josh Gad from Broadway’s Book or Mormon and NBC’s 1600 Penn.

Kutcher and Gad made their first appearance as their famous alter-egos in the minute-long clip released by Five Star on Wednesday. The two can be seen walking through a parking garage, talking tech, and sparking the initial idea of an operating system and the personal computer.

Watch the first jOBS video clip below.

Helmed by relative Hollywood newcomers Joshua Michael Stern and Matt Whiteley, the film also stars Dermot Mulroney, James Woods, Matthew Modine, and J.K. Simmons.

But there’s one more thing: A second Steve Jobs flick is in development, penned by The West Wing’s Aaron Sorkin, who proved that he can wholly encapsulate a real-life tech tycoon with 2010′s The Social Network.

Sony Pictures confirmed in May that Sorkin is writing a screenplay that will turn Walter Isaacson’s biography of the Apple’s late CEO, Steve Jobs, into a feature film. There have been no details about a release date or casting announcements for that movie.

By Stephanie Mlot, PCMag


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