Sony Pictures Planning Steve Jobs Biopic
If Facebook creator Mark Zuckerberg can get his own movie, it seems only right that Apple visionary Steve Jobs should get one too, doesn’t it?
Sony Pictures has acquired the rights to Steve Jobs, an authorized biography by former CNN chairman and Time Magazine managing editor Walter Isaacson. Jobs was apparently resistant to having such a biography written, but then he personally selected Isaacson – who has previously written about Ben Franklin, Henry Kissinger and Albert Einstein – to undertake the task. The book has been in the works for nearly two years, and is due to be released on October 24th.
Now, Sony – the studio behind business-related pictures such as The Social Network and Moneyball – will be developing Isaacson’s book into a film. Mark Gordon (Saving Private Ryan) is producing. It will be the second movie to chronicle Jobs’ rise in the computer industry; in 1999, TNT aired the docudrama Pirates of Silicon Valley, which featured Noah Wyle as Steve Jobs and Anthony Michael Hall as Microsoft chief Bill Gates.
Steve Jobs passed away on October 5th after a long battle with pancreatic cancer.