Ashton Kutcher's Steve Jobs Biopic Close To A Distribution Deal

By Eric Eisenberg 2013-01-02 15:37:15discussion comments
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The first of the two in-development Steve Jobs biopics is just about ready to make its way to a theater near you. Open Road films is now in negotiations to acquire distribution rights for Jobs, the new film from director Joshua Michael Stern with Ashton Kutcher as the Apple founder. The movie is set to premiere at the Sundance Film Festival later this month.

Deadline, which broke the news about the acquisition, says that the movie is set between 1971 and 2000, as Jobs faced trials and tribulations trying to get his tech company off the ground. First time writer Matt Whiteley wrote the script, and the indie's impressive supporting cast includes Dermot Mulroney, James Woods, Matthew Modine, Josh Gad, J.K. Simmons, and Lukas Haas. The source doesn't mention when the movie will be heading to theaters, and we probably won't know that until the deal has been closed.

Obviously this puts the project way ahead of the other Steve Jobs biopic, which is still in pre-production. Aaron Sorkin, who worked with the studio on for both The Social Network and Moneyball, is handling the script for that one, and it's been said that the movie will have only three 30 minute segments, each one following Jobs behind the scenes of one of his famous Apple product launches. While some may think that an existing biopic could negatively affect Sorkin's project, Deadline suggests that there should be enough time between each release that they won't have an effect on each other (a la Capote and Infamous).

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