Before this year’s Sundance Film Festival even opened, its Closing Night Film, Joshua Michael Stern’s Ashton Kutcher-starring Steve Jobs biopic, jOBS, had already been snapped up by Open Road Films for a spring release. It was the first big buy of the festival, and it seemed to indicate that the film was more than ready for a big theatrical release. Perhaps not.
Vulture now reports that the film will no longer open in its once-set April 19th date (a date that marked the 37th anniversary of Apple, natch), as the studio wants more time to put a bigger marketing push behind it. As of now, the film doesn’t have a new release date.
The film premiered at Sundance to mixed reviews (it currently holds a 43% on Rotten Tomatoes, which sounds about right). In my review of the film, I found it to be entertaining, but took issue with the fact that it “is very much a film that tells, not shows, what is going and how it’s going on and what’s important, perhaps the worst sin any biopic can commit. Sadly, jOBS is in no way committed to innovation or creativity, a true shame considering its subject matter.” Oh, and it’s also just called Jobs now, because, come on.