- Share this article on Facebook
- Share this article on Twitter
- Share this article on Email
- Show additional share options
- Share this article on Print
- Share this article on Comment
- Share this article on Whatsapp
- Share this article on Linkedin
- Share this article on Reddit
- Share this article on Pinit
- Share this article on Tumblr
Open Road Films is in talks to distribute jOBS, the Steve Jobs biopic that will premiere at the Sundance Film Festival.
The deal is not yet complete, according to a source. Insiders describe it as a “rent-a-system” deal, where the producers commit to pay for the marketing of the film. The project was produced by Five Star Feature Films.
Open Road declined comment.
Since Kutcher’s casting in jOBS was revealed in April, interest in the project has grown steadily. The Joshua Michael Stern-directed biopic was written by Matt Whiteley and also features Dermot Mulroney, Josh Gad, Lukas Haas, J.K. Simmons and Matthew Modine.
RELATED: Apple Fans React to Ashton Kutcher’s Casting as Steve Jobs
The film tracks Jobs’ life starting in the early 1970s, when, after dropping out of Reed College, he began his climb to become king of the tech world as co-founder and CEO of Apple Inc. Jobs died of pancreatic cancer in October 2011.
CAA packaged jOBS and is representing the film’s distribution rights domestically; Inferno is handling sales overseas.
This year’s Sundance Film Festival, which runs Jan. 17 to 27, will screen 115 feature-length films representing 32 countries; the haul includes projects from 51 first-time filmmakers, including 27 films that are in competition. jOBS is set as the festival’s closing-night film.
Sign up for THR news straight to your inbox every day
More from The Hollywood Reporter
Florence Pugh Says She Chopped Off Her Own Hair for ‘A Good Person’: “Found it Really Liberating”
Zachary Levi Says He Doesn’t Blame Dwayne Johnson for the Nixed Post-Credits Scene in ‘Shazam! Fury of the Gods’
Jeff Goldblum Confirms Role in ‘Wicked’ Movie Musical, Talks “Very Good” Witches Cynthia Erivo, Ariana Grande