Sony Pictures has acquired the rights late Apple co-founder authorized biography of Steve Jobs into a motion picture. Reportedly, the deal is worth between $1 million to $3 million dollars and headed by producer Mark Gordon, the bidding had already been taking place for film rights, but recent events have intensified interest.
A biopic about the late Apple co-founder Steve Jobs has just passed away on Oct 5, after fighting with pancreatic cancer. Sony Pictures has sealed the rights to Jobs’ authorized bio by Walter Isaacson, who is former CNN chairman and Time Magazine managing editor. Sony Pictures is responsible for the Oscar-winning film The Social Network, a semi-biographical explanation of Mark Zuckerberg’s creation of Facebook.
However, Sony Pictures has held film rights, any film version of Steve Jobs is likely to be years away from seeing release in theatres. The book of Isaacson’s is scheduled to be published by Simon & Schuster on November 21, now after the death of Steve Jobs the launch date has been moved to October 24. The book was first planned to be titled ‘iSteve: the Book of Jobs’, later the author eventually persuaded the publisher to change it with a simple title, ‘Steve Jobs’.
The book is based on more than 40 interviews with visionary behind Apple, Steve Jobs and over 100 chats with Jobs friends, family members, colleagues and even competitors. Isaacson was hand-chosen by Jobs himself to portray his life while battling with cancer. Reportedly, Jobs let Isaacson to accompany him to his childhood home, although Jobs wouldn’t reveal too much about his personal life. However, Walter Isaacson’s biography of Steve Jobs will be released October 24.