Ashton Kutcher’s ‘Jobs’ Release Date Pushed Back

Published 1 year ago by , Updated March 16th, 2013 at 11:57 am,

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More than a few people were surprised to hear that Ashton Kutcher had been cast in the leading role in Jobs (formerly stylized as jOBS). After all, Kutcher is far more noted for his comedy work, and tackling a biopic – especially featuring as prominent a figure as the late Steve Jobs – seemed like a bit outside his skill set.

That hesitation cooled a bit once the first image of Kutcher in character arrived. After all, then-comedic actor Jamie Foxx earned an Academy Award for his pitch-perfect portrayal of music legend Ray Charles. Why couldn’t the man who rose to stardom on That 70s Show achieve a similarly strong performance? Now it seems those moviegoers eager to see Kutcher take on the role of the iconic Apple co-founder will have to wait a bit longer.

Open Road Films – the studio behind Jobs – has pushed the film back from its anticipated April 19 release to an as-yet-unspecified date. According to The Hollywood Reporter, the delay is intended to allow for more time for the film’s marketing campaign. That original April release was also set to coincide with the 37th anniversary of the creation of the Apple Computer.

There’s no indication when Open Road will send Jobs out to theaters, but this move could be the studio’s way to position it as an awards contender. Traditionally, films released early in the year rarely score accolades during awards season (where biopics are one of the most celebrated subgenres; see Lincoln).

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An April release would make any awards bids a much tougher sell, but if Jobs is released in late summer – perhaps as counter-programming to a more effects-heavy release – buzz is far more likely to carry into the fall, when most studios unleash their Oscar hopefuls.

Director Joshua Michael Stern is at this point best known for the 2008 Kevin Costner dramedy Swing Vote, but given the right marketing push, there’s a chance Jobs could gain the director more notoriety and earn Kutcher some serious dramatic credibility. Of course, this is all depending on whether or not the film can actually deliver the compelling story we’re all hoping it does.

Are you disappointed that the film has been pushed back? Let us know in the comments section below.

Stay tuned to Screen Rant for further updates on Jobs as this story develops.

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Source: THR

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  1. uhh yeah! good choice to postpone to allow more time to the marketing campaign. or rather lack there of. it was supposed to be released in a month and all we have so far is one clip (and i had to dig to even find that).

  2. Kutcher already had dramatic credibility- at least among people who know movies. I remember stating here many months ago that Kutcher would turn in an excellent performance because he’s a talented dramatic actor.

    A number of morons here scoffed, because they foolishly confuse the actor with the characters he plays. Kutcher has done excellent dramatic work before (The Guardian is my personal favourite). I’m glad that this proves me right.

  3. Ashton Kutcher has done a few dramatic films (re: PERSONAL EFFECTS) and quite effectively. No question, here, about his skillset.

    As for the film…typically a roll-back is market driven (box office) but could be “awards”-driven in this case; but could also be “fixing” the movie (a little). We don’t know, so just maybe all of the above.

    All in all, whatever is in the best interest of getting the best result, one might suspect, because the April date was always a marketing gimmick with little prospect for the movie’s overall success.

    • It will be interesting to see how Kutcher performs. At least he looks the part.

  4. Doesn’t matter how much they push it back, I won’t be seeing it. While Jobs may have accomplished much, he also hurt many. Furthermore, Ashton = zero draw for me.

  5. @The Man.

    Just out of curiosity? What is the country of origin for the computer you used to type that scathing post?

  6. @TheMan

    You mean Foxcon.

    Who also makes, HP, Dell, Sony, Samsung, Amazon and Motorola products as well as Apple?

    Not to mention, Motherboard for computers, chips for cell phones.

    So there is a good chance, that the computer you use to type post on Screen Rant, has a Foxconn connection.

    Just Saying.

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