We’ve all been waiting restlessly for the release of the jOBS biopic, starring Ashton Kutcher as Steve Jobs, but dismay overtook us when we heard its April release date had been pushed back.
But fear not, you Jobsian fanbois, for Open Road has finally revealed that jOBS will see a nationwide release on August 16.
Word comes by way of The Wrap, which got the scoop last night, and official word came via Deadline.
Here’s the studio’s official statement:
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.
The movie has been in development since last year, and TechCrunch even got a sneak peek behind the scenes after Rip Empson made his way down to L.A. to be an extra on the set. Since then, the biopic has debuted at the Sundance Film Festival.
However, Open Road explained that its original April release date would have to be pushed back since the film wasn’t receiving enough hype to be released. In other words, expect to see jOBS biopic posters about as often as you see an article on the forthcoming iPhone over the summer.
Ashton Kutcher, part sexy actor and part Silicon Valley investor, reportedly took his role as Steve Jobs quite seriously. During the 1983 Keynote scene, wherein Jobs introduces the famous 1984 commercial, Kutcher was said to have been quite bossy, just like Steve likely was, and in-character the whole time.
He even went on Jobs’ fruitarian diet, forcing him into the hospital after trying to sustain himself on nuts and fruits alone.
But all’s well that ends well. Let’s just hope that critics and fans are less critical of the Jobs biopic then they are of a Jobs-less Apple.