The cinematic release of Ashton Kutcher-led Steve Jobs biopic jOBS is now tied to a date, with 16 August being the first day that Apple fans can look at the cinematic retelling of their idol’s early working life.
The August release date is currently US-only, but does put to an end a long spell of speculation as to when the independent (Open Road Films) title would arrive to public audiences, having previously been featured at the annual Sundance Film Festival in January.
The project had originally been planned for release on 19 April (noted as commemorating the anniversary of the first-ever Apple Computer’s release (which occurred on 11 April 1976)), but it appears now as though a generic summer launch will be attached to the movie following delays, with the new date of release seeing jOBS compete directly against action-comedy Kick-Ass 2, Harrison Ford and Gary Oldman thriller Paranoia, and ensemble historical political drama The Butler.
jOBS, directed by Joshua Michael Stern, tells of the late Apple co-founder‘s career between 1971-2001, and sees Two and a Half Men star Kutcher‘s titular role supported by Josh Gad (as Steve Wozniak), Matthew Modine (John Sculley), Dermot Mulroney (Mike Markkula), and J.K. Simmons (Arthur Rock).
While it has received mixed reviews so far from critics at the Sundance Festival, how will jOBS fare when it is put to a wider audience late this summer? People who want it to succeed will hope that Apple’s flagging reputation post-Jobs will be a positive draw to the movie rather than a deterrent…