jOBS, the Steve Jobs biopic starring Ashton Kutcher as the Apple co-founder, has been has acquired by Open Road Films for distribution rights.
The film will premiere on the closing night of the 2013 Sundance Film Festival, but this deal takes the movie off the table before the public debut.
Open Road, an independent distributor owned by major American exhibition chain AMC and Regal, plans to release the film in the US in April, while Inferno Entertainment will handle international sales.
The film, written by Matthew Whitley and directed by Joshua Michael Stern, chronicles Jobs – played by Ashton Kutcher – from 1971 to 2000, depicting Apple’s initial rise before Jobs’ departure from the company, his time at Pixar and his return to Apple.
The film ends before the release of a series of products like the iPhone and iPad that transformed Apple into the world’s most iconic technology company.
The filmmakers received access to the garage where Jobs and co-founder Steve Wozniak founded Apple.
Open Road Films CEO Tom Ortenberg said in a statement: “jOBS is certain to resonate with audiences and we are thrilled to partner with Five Star Feature Films to bring this film to theaters.”
“We set out to find the perfect partners to present jOBS to audiences worldwide, and we feel we have found one with Open Road,” Mark Hulme, the head of Fvie Star Feature Films and a producer of the film, said in a statement. “They were as impressed as we were with Ashton Kutcher’s inspiring and unforgettable performance as Steve Jobs and are excited to distribute the picture in the U.S.”
Sony is planning its own Jobs biopic, based on Walter Isaacson’s critically and commercially successful biography with The Social Network scribe Aaron Sorkin adapting the book.