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Sony is Already Developing a Steve Jobs Biopic, Acquires Book Rights

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October 7, 2011
Source: Deadline

Steve Jobs Biography

Well that didn't take long. Beloved innovator and technology industry leader Steve Jobs passed away just two days ago, and there's already a Hollywood biopic about him in development. Deadline is reporting that Sony Pictures is looking to make a $1 million deal to acquire feature film rights to the biography on Jobs that's being published later in the month. Written by hand-picked author Walter Isaacson, the definitive biography, titled simply Steve Jobs, was already moved up from its November release to October 24th, but has obviously gained heat in Hollywood. It's no surprise that Jobs' life story is worthy of a Hollywood movie.

The project is just now developing, but will be produced by Mark Gordon (Source Code, 2012, 12 Rounds, Talk to Me, Saving Private Ryan). There is no screenwriter attached yet either. The book they're adapting is a 448-page profile based on over 40 interviews with the Apple co-founder and over 100 conversations with friends, family members, colleagues and competitors. It's the first biography to get Jobs' full blessing and cooperation, and its author Walter Isaacson was chosen personally by Jobs, as he's written about Henry Kissinger, Ben Franklin and Albert Einstein before. Jobs story, for anyone who doesn't know, is fascinating as it follows the building of the world's most valuable technology company by creating the devices that changed how people use electronics and revolutionized the computer, music, and mobile phone industries.

Ever since I saw David Fincher and Aaron Sorkin deliver an incredible film on the founding of Facebook, I've actually been excited to see more technology/web stories, whether it's Google or now Apple. More than anyone, though, Steve Jobs' story is one of the most unique and inspiring, and one that would make for a great movie, as long as someone as talented as Fincher is at the helm. Jobs built the company originally from the ground up in his garage, was fired, then eventually returned, building Pixar in the meantime. This project may take years to develop anyway, and this is mostly news about the book rights being sold, so it may seem early now. I'm just anxious to pick up a copy of this book and read through it myself. Thoughts?

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Reader Feedback - 26 Comments

1

I know he probably won't, but a Fincher film about Steve Jobs would be astounding I am sure.  I loved Pirates of Silicon Valley, and that was a made for TV movie about Jobs and Gates.  I just hope a good director gets on board.

Anonymous on Oct 7, 2011

2

Steve Jobs’ adopted mother was Armenian. A lot of people don’t know that.

Becky Shaw on Oct 7, 2011

3

Sony is disgusting these days. Two days? Come on guys, I know everyone's after the money, but you guys don't even care at this point..

Davide Coppola on Oct 8, 2011

4

I don't get the hype about this glorified salesman, commiserations to his family and friends but come on, did he personally sit in his garage and build/develop all of this icrap or was it the talented people working for him? its been a couple days and already were going to be subjected to biopic of this 'great' man. Mark Gordon must be one of those quasi-religious Apple zealots.

Lagoya on Oct 8, 2011

5

ENUFF..........the only thing more ridiculous than all the hype by the media are the shrines popping up all over the world near APPLE stores.

Anonymous on Oct 8, 2011

6

I completely agree with you.

Ticketmaster on Oct 8, 2011

7

you must have some high standards. i'd hate to be a person that is around you. 

lossy on Oct 9, 2011

8

Stanley Tucci.. or William Hurt?

RDG on Oct 8, 2011

9

Noah Wylie should reprise the role from Pirates of Silicon Valley

Nlott29 on Oct 8, 2011

10

Steve Jobs Jewish? If not, then Noah Wylie is all wrong.

WhiteFace on Oct 8, 2011

11

Tucci 

A_A on Oct 8, 2011

12

I like the idea of Tucci, good thinking.

peloquin on Oct 11, 2011

13

I agree that there is no sense of altruism about this whole thing. The pseudo  deification of this personality is a true measure of media marketing today.

Pilgrim_UK on Oct 8, 2011

14

GMTA I just posted to same just now............canonization no doubt 😀

Anonymous on Oct 8, 2011

15

the next in line would no doubt be canonization Is the Vatican aware of how saint worthy he is?

Anonymous on Oct 8, 2011

16

I think he was a Buddhist. Doubt the Papes would be down with that, even though baby Jesus ipped off chubby Buddha.

Crapola on Oct 9, 2011

17

steve jobs... Stanley Tucci

Antonypacker on Oct 8, 2011

18

Wow, was Job's body even cold yet when this was announced?

Cinema Nostalgia on Oct 8, 2011

19

this is wrong, way to capitalize on the dead

Anonymous on Oct 9, 2011

20

Pathetic Sony. Just pathetic. Couldn't ever compete with Jobs when living so you try to cash in on him after he died.

lossy on Oct 9, 2011

21

It's a lot of information to fill one bio, way more than facebooks. The Pirates of Silicon Valley(I recommend you all watch on youtube) had only 25% of the story. It seems like jobs made some calls before his realized death time, and approved some stories and pending deals. 

mark c on Oct 9, 2011

22

Ambulance-chasing cinema at its finest.

Anonymous on Oct 10, 2011

23

Go back and read my comment on the Steve Jobs' death post. I called out this exact thing to happen. Disgusting Hollywood Is!

JT on Oct 10, 2011

24

I sort of understand Sony  uying the rights, if they didn’t someone else would be in there doing it; I just wish that it was done more quietly rather than coming across as being opportunistic.   But when it does get made, hopefully a couple of years down the line I am sure it will be interesting especially if they get the casting right because whether you liked Jobs or not the guy had charisma.  

Andy on Oct 10, 2011

25

I´ll love to watch a film about Steve Jobs ala Social Network. Start Now Please Sony.

MRG on Oct 10, 2011

26

Sony is more and more like apple every day so this does not surprise me.

Jimmy Love on Oct 10, 2011

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