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Universal Tweaks ‘Steve Jobs’ Release

Universal Pictures has tweaked its release pattern for “Steve Jobs,” opting to release the biopic only in New York and Los Angeles on Oct. 9.

Previously, the studio had planned on a nationwide release on Oct. 9. But it’s decided that it will expand “Steve Jobs” to additional North American markets on Oct. 16 and then go nationwide on Oct. 23.

The film premiered at the Telluride Film Festival on Sept. 5  and will play at the New York Film Festival on Oct. 3. Danny Boyle directs the film from Aaron Sorkin’s script — adapted from Walter Isaacson’s best-selling biography “Steve Jobs.”

Universal picked up the project in November, less than a week after Sony put the high-profile feature into turnaround. Michael Fassbender stars as the late Jobs.

Kate Winslet plays ex-Macintosh marketing chief Joanna Hoffman, while Jeff Daniels portrays former Apple CEO John Sculley. The film also stars Katherine Waterston as Chrisann Brennan, Jobs’ ex-girlfriend, and Michael Stuhlbarg as Andy Hertzfeld, one of the original members of the Apple Macintosh development team.

The movie is divided into three parts — each before one of Apple’s notorious product launches.

As it now stands, the only wide release on Oct. 9 is Warner’s launch of fantasy-adventure “Pan,” while Oct. 23 already has five other wide launches — Universal’s “Jem and the Holograms,” Lionsgate’s “The Last Witch Hunter,” The Weinstein Company’s comedy “Burnt,” Paramount’s “Paranormal Activity: The Ghost Dimension” and Open Road’s comedy “Rock the Kasbah.”

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