Sundance Film Festival to Screen Steve Jobs Biopic as Closing-Night Film

December 5, 2012, By Sanjeev Ramachandran

The famed Sundance Film Festival, which takes place next month, will screen the biopic of the late Apple co-founder, Steve Jobs. “jOBS” will be the first film about Steve Jobs, since his death last year, and it will also mark the film’s first public screening on January 27th.

Ashton Kutcher would be starring as Steve Jobs and the film will cover the years 1971 through 2000.

This span of time will include Job’s history that comprises of his founding of Apple followed by his ejection, the forming of NeXT and Pixar and the return to the company after Apple brought in NeXT.

Kutcher’s casting as the lead was revealed in April, and since then, the film’s production has been followed with interest.

The film, directed by Joshua Michael Stern, was written by Matt Whiteley, and will also feature Matthew Modine as former Apple CEO John Sculley, Josh Gad as Apple co-founder Steve Wozniak, and “The Help” star Ahna O’Reilly playing Chris-Ann Brennan, Jobs’ girlfriend, and the mother of his daughter Lisa; J.K. Simmons and Kevin Dunn will play venture capitalist Arthur Rock and former Apple CEO Gil Amelio respectively.

The Jobs family’s original house hosted the principal photography on jOBS in June. Quite a few of the photos had leaked out, showing Kutcher and the others in costume.

Screening jOBS on the closing night is said to be a shrewd move to retain their audience. Having an anticipated film on the closing night will ensure that film buyers, executives and agents hang around until the festival is over, so as to catch the movie in the end.

Director of programming for Sundance, Trevor Groth, instead says that the film was selected because of the inspiration one gets from Steve Jobs’ life. “To see what he achieved by just like staying true to his vision is something that, you know, I think a lot of people can relate to and get hope from,” he said.

There has been no announcement on a theatrical release date. However, we can expect the film to hit screens worldwide shortly after the festival concludes.

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