‘jOBS’: Ashton Kutcher’s Steve Jobs Biopic Coming in April

Ashton Kutcher’s indie take on the life of Steve Jobs, titled jOBS, now has a distributor in Open Road Films and an April release. The Joshua Michael Stern-directed biopic will also close the Sundance Film Festival on Jan. 27.

The new film, “jOBS,” starring Ashton Kutcher as the late Apple co-founder Steve Jobs, will be released in April, Open Road Films and Five Star Feature films announced Thursday. Photo: Open Road Films

If any of you Apple fans have warm, fuzzy memories of the man who introduced the company’s iconic products to the world, we recommend that you turn away from your computer.

jOBS, the independent film about former Apple CEO Steve Jobs, will arrive in theaters in April, the movie’s distributors announced Thursday.

Since Kutcher’s casting in jOBS was revealed in April, interest in the project has steadily grown. The Joshua Michael Stern-directed biopic was written by Matt Whiteley and also features Dermot Mulroney, Josh Gad, Lukas Haas, J.K. Simmons and Matthew Modine.

The international sales are being done up by Inferno Entertainment. It’s being helmed by Swing Vote director Joshua Michael Stern, pictured above, and focuses on the era of Jobs’ life from 1971 through 2000.

If anything, it should look gorgeous as it’s being shot by Russel Carpenter, the cinematographer behind Titanic, True Lies and a bunch of other stuff you’ve seen,  writes The Next Web.

The film – not to be confused with the one Sony Pictures is creating based on Walter Isaacson’s biography of the late tech luminary – will star Ashton Kutcher as Jobs and is still slated to premiere this month on the closing night of the Sundance Film Festival.

The true story of one of the greatest entrepreneurs in American history, jOBS chronicles the defining 30 years of Steve Jobs’ life. The biopic traces Jobs’s life from college dropout to co-founder of Apple, and includes major moments in his life from 1971 through 2000.

jOBS is a candid, inspiring and personal portrait of the one who saw things differently.

As the Wall Street Journal reports, long before he helped create Apple, Jobs experimented with LSD while still a student at Reed College, became a devout Buddhist practitioner, and trekked through India.

In Walter Isaacson’s biography, Jobs is quoted as saying, “Taking LSD was a profound experience, one of the most important things in my life.”

The Kutcher project’s deal was announced by producer Mark Hulme, who says that “we set out to find the perfect partners to present jOBS to audiences worldwide, and we feel we have found one with Open Road.”

He added: “They were as impressed as we were with Ashton Kutcher’s inspiring and unforgettable performance as Steve Jobs and are excited to distribute the picture in the U.S.”

Note that this is a separate project from the Aaron Sorkin-penned flick that will be based in part on the Walter Isaacson biography. Sorkin has said that project will take shape as three 30-minute scenes that take place in real-time. Each of the scenes will be set backstage at an Apple product announcement.

The Sundance Institute shared the jOBS promo image (above) in December. It is a play on this photograph of Jobs on desk during his early Apple days.

Kutcher, who stars in CBS’s Two and a Half Men, previously played roles on Fox’sThat ’70s Show and in films such as The Butterfly Effect, No Strings Attached, Valentine’s Day and Dude, Where’s My Car?

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