How will Ashton Kutcher's movie fare against some heavyweight titles at the box-office?
Ashton Kutcher's Steve Jobs biopic , which garnered average reviews at the very best following its screening at the Sundance Music Festival, will get a nationwide release through Open Road Films on August 16, according to industry publication The Wrap.
Originally scheduled for April 19, Jobs - about the legendary Apple entrepreneur - will now open against three heavyweight movies, Kick-Ass 2, Paranoia and the Weinstein's Oscar tipped movie The Butler. Elsewhere, IFC's Ain't Them Bodies Saints, Sony's Austenland and the TWC documentary Cutie and the Boxer will also hit theaters on the same day.
The Joshua Michael Stern-directed biopic follows the Apple co-founder's journey from wayward hippie to one of the most revered creative in history. It stars Kutcher as Jobs, Josh Gad as Steve Wozniak, as well as James Woods, Matthew Modine, Dermot Mulroney, Lukas Haas an Ahna O'Reilly.
In his review of the movie, Variety's Justin Chang said, "Avoids outright hagiography, but more or less embodies the sort of bland, go-with-the-flow creative thinking Jobs himself would have scorned," while Sebastian Doggart of the Daily Telegraph wrote, "The poverty of [Kutcher's] skills as a serious actor is on full display." There were some words of praise, with Justin Lowe of the Hollywood Reporter opining, "A biopic that's perhaps too respectful of the tech icon's innovations still remains frequently engaging."
A rival Jobs biopic is being written by Oscar-winner Aaron Sorkin, who plans to develop just three scenes each set backstage immediately before a product launch. Every half hour that passes in the character's lives would last 30 minutes of the audience's time too. Sony Pictures paid somewhere between $1 million to $3 million for the rights to make the movie.