For a movie about a man who championed innovation, Joshua Michael Stern‘s Steve Jobs biopic, jOBS, is awfully safe and conventional. By the end of the movie, most viewers will know as much as they previously did about the tech innovator or possibly even less. Stern and screenwriter Matt Whiteley‘s depiction of Jobs makes one of the most influential figures in American business seem like nothing more like a savvy salesman who bullied people into following his vision. Ashton Kutcher‘s lead performance veers between convincing and distracting, and while Josh Gad impresses as Steve “Woz” Wozniak, jOBS is a bland biopic that never provides any insight into the man behind the Apple.
The upcoming Steve Jobs biopic jOBS is slated to premiere at the upcoming Sundance Film Festival, but it appears that the film has already secured distribution ahead of its public screening. Open Road Films announced today that it is partnering with Five Star Feature Films to distribute the film, which stars Ashton Kutcher as the legendary innovator. Directed by Joshua Michael Stern, the pic covers Jobs’ life from 1971 through 2000 and promises “an immensely personal portrait” of the Apple guru. Open Road has slated an April release date for the film, so fans won’t have to wait too long to see Kutcher’s portrayal. Sony has a competing Jobs biopic in the works from screenwriter Aaron Sorkin, but that project is still a ways from coming to fruition.
Hit the jump to read the press release. jOBS will serve as the closing film for the 2013 Sundance Film Festival, which runs from January 17 – 27th.
Today, Sundance announced their stellar Premieres line-up and we have the first images from a few of the movies playing in the category:
- Big Sur – Written and directed by Michael Polish, starring Jean-Marc Barr, Kate Bosworth, Josh Lucas, Radha Mitchell, Anthony Edwards, and Henry Thomas.
- Breathe In – Written and directed by Drake Doremus, co-written by Ben York Jones, starring Guy Pearce, Felicity Jones, Amy Ryan, and Mackenzie Davis.
- The East – Written and directed by Zal Batmanglij, co-written by Brit Marling, starring Brit Marling, Alexander Skarsgård, Ellen Page, and Patricia Clarkson.
- jOBS – Directed by Joshua Michael Stern, written by Matt Whiteley, starring Ashton Kutcher, Dermot Mulroney, Josh Gad, Lukas Haas, J.K. Simmons, and Matthew Modine.
Hit the jump for the images and synopses. The 2013 Sundance Film Festival runs January 17 – 27.
Here are some recent casting additions at a glance with more information after the jump:
Hit the jump for more on each picture.
Given the rather odd casting choice, I feel the need to preface this story with the assertion that this is not an April Fools’ Day joke; this story is (as reported) 100% real. With that in mind, Mr. Ashton Kutcher is apparently readying to play the late Apple co-founder Steve Jobs in a biopic called Jobs. The notion of a Jobs-centric biopic isn’t exactly new, as Sony began developing such a film merely days after the innovator’s passing. Last we heard, The Social Network scribe Aaron Sorkin was considering penning the studio project, but Jobs is an entirely separate film. Hit the jump for more.
Stone Village has hired Joshua Michael Stern (Swing Vote) to direct Carnaval. Per Variety, the R-rated comedy is about “a sports scout sent by his boss to Rio during Carnaval to recruit a soccer phenom no one has been able to reach.” Stern rewrote the original script by David Styne, who is still on board as producer along with producing partners Dylan Russell and Scott LaStaiti (Turistas) and Stone Village’s Scott Steindorff (The Lincoln Lawyer). The $20 million production is scheduled to begin in January in Rio de Janerio.
Depending on how Stern wants to depict it, Rio is a beautiful place, and a particularly vibrant setting during Carnaval. The festival takes place from February 18-22 next year, so I imagine production was scheduled to film in the middle of the action at the end of the shoot. For my money, this has the makings of a very interesting comedy prospect.