In April of last year, word got out that Ashton Kutcher was set to star in a movie about the life of Steven P. Jobs. The rumor was so ridiculous that many people wrote it off the second they heard it. The fact that Variety first reported it on April 1, also known as April Fools' Day, didn't exactly help. However, a couple of weeks on, additional information about the movie emerged. It was to cover the years 1979 to 2000 and filming was supposed to start in May for a Q4 2012 release. Of course, Q4 2012 has come and gone and we haven't seen hide nor hair of the jOBS movie.
The movie is scheduled to premier at Sundance tomorrow night as the closing night film and it scored U.S. distribution earlier this month. Up until today, all we knew was that the film would hit cinemas in April. Now, we have a more precise release date. The Hollywood Reporter reports that the movie will be in theaters from April 19, which will loosely coincide with the 37th anniversary of the founding of Apple Computer (April 1, 1976).
Entertainment Tonight has released a first look at the movie. It shows Ashton portraying Jobs and Josh Gad as Steve Wokzniak. The two are discussing the operating system in the parking garage of HP.
A second Steve Jobs movie is also in the works, this one based on the biography written by Walter Isaacson. Isaacson's biography is based on more than 40 interviews with Steve Jobs and spans nearly 450 pages. While we don't know who will play Steve Jobs in that particular movie (perhaps Noah Wyle will step back into the role?), it's been rumored that Mark Gordon (Saving Private Ryan, The Day After Tomorrow, Source Code) will produce the film for Sony. Aaron Sorkin is also said to be on board.