When you look at the huge success of the last major motion picture that focused on a tech personalty (the Oscar-nominated The Social Network) and couple that with the massive popularity of Apple’s Steve Jobs and his recent death (I’m sure you’ve heard the word “visionary” a couple of times in the last week) – this news makes perfect sense.
Deadline reports that Sony Pictures is making a “hefty deal” to grab the rights to the upcoming book Steve Jobs, the official biography of the late Apple CEO written by Walter Isaacson.
The deal is rumored to be $1 million against $3 million, and producer Mark Gordon is attached to the project.
The upcoming book upon which the Jobs film will be based, Steve Jobs, is based on dozens of interviews conducted by author Walter Isaacson over the course of two years. Isaacson also interviewed “hundreds of family members, friends, adversaries, competitors and colleagues.”
In August, we learned that Steve Jobs’ resignation as CEO of Apple would play prominently in the biography. Back then, publisher Simon & Schuster said that Isaacon was still in contact with Jobs regularly and was still working on the last chapter of the book.
I’m sure that the recent death of Jobs will be a last minute addition to the story.
The bio was originally slated for release on November 21st of this year, but after Jobs’ death the release was moved up to October 24th. The finished product is reported to be 656 pages. Here’s the “trailer” for the book –
Driven by demons, Jobs could drive those around him to fury and despair. But his personality and products were interrelated, just as Apple’s hardware and software tended to be, as if part of an integrated system. His tale is instructive and cautionary, filled with lessons about innovation, character, leadership, and values.
Are you interested in the upcoming Steve Jobs bio? If it is made into a movie, do you think it will make for compelling cinema? Let us know what you think.