Thursday, January 24, 2013

Ashton Kutcher's Steve 'jOBS' biopic to hit theaters on April 19, premieres at Sundance this weekend

The Steve Jobs biopic -- or rather, one of them -- has a release date. The film, "jOBS," starring "Two and a Half Men's" Ashton Kutcher, will hit theaters on April 19, it was announced on Thursday.

According to The Hollywood Reporter, that date was chosen because it is the 37th anniversary of the founding of Apple, Inc. (nee Apple Computer). However, a quick look at Wikipedia belies that: Apple Computer was founded on April 1, 1976. It was incorporated on on Jan. 3, 1977.

While they got that date wrong, the film did hit the proper date last year. On April 1, 2012, the film was announced -- and folks thought it was an April Fool's Day joke.

At any rate, while April 19 is the date when the film will reach theaters, it will see its world premiere this weekend. On Jan. 25, "jOBS" makes its global debut as the closing-night film of the Sundance Film Festival in Park City, Utah.

"jOBS" is from Open Road Films and Mark Hulme's Five Star Feature Films. In addition to Kutcher, it stars Josh Gad (as Steve Wozniak), Dermot Mulroney, Lukas Haas, J.K. Simmons and Matthew Modine. The movie chronicles "the defining 30 years" of Jobs' life, from 1971 on, according to a description from producers.

There is another biopic in the works, and one based on the bestselling authorized biography of Steve Jobs, by Walter Isaacson. In the fall of 2011, shortly after Jobs' death, Sony Pictures bought the rights to, and is currently developing, its own Steve Jobs movie.

That film is still untitled and has had no release date or casting announcements made. It is to be written by Academy Award-winning screenwriter Aaron Sorkin ("The Social Network").

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