Not too long ago, Open Road acquired the film rights to the Steve Jobs biopic ‘jOBS’ with the intention of distributing the film in the U.S. ‘jOBS is slated to premiere at the Sundance Film Festival on closing night, January 27th, but if you want to see it in theaters, you’ll just have to wait a little while longer.
It was announced that the film will drop on April 19th, the 37th anniversary of the founding of Apple, Inc. With this news also came the first official clip from the film which you can watch below!
‘jOBS’ is one of two projects regarding the life of Steve Jobs since his death in 2011. The other is a film written by Adam Sorkin who won an Oscar for his screenplay ‘The Social Network’ about Mark Zuckerberg and the beginning of Facebook. While the latter is still in pre-production, ‘jOBS’ has the advantage of making an impact on the image of the iconic Apple leader by being in theaters first.
In the the clip below, Jobs (played by Ashton Kutcher) is trying to convince his future Apple co-founder, Steve Wozniak (Josh Gad) to move forward with his work on an operating system. Ironically this conversation is occurring in the parking garage of Hewlett-Packard. Woz is reluctant but Jobs counters by saying “How does somebody know what they want if they’ve never seen it?” True words that Jobs seemed to live by if you think about the demonstrative media hoopla that surrounded each Apple iPod, iPhone and iPad announcements while he was alive.
‘jOBS’ focuses on the first 30 years of the Apple leader’s career. Whether this film pays more homage to the man or depicts him in a harsh light (a la ‘Pirates of Silicon Valley’) is unknown at this time, but one thing is for certain, Jobs still has the ability to make news even after his death.
See how well Kutcher channels the iconic Jobs in the video below:
‘jOBS’ stars Ashton Kutcher, Josh Gad, J.K. Simmons, Matthew Modine, Dermot Mulroney and James Woods and will be in theaters on April 19th.