Sony Pictures Enters Negotiations For Steve Jobs' Biopic Rights
According to Deadline, Sony Pictures is in the process acquiring the film rights to Walter Isaacson’s upcoming authorized Steve Jobs biography. If the negotiations go smoothly, Mark Gordon (who previously financed Saving Private Ryan and Wonder Boys) will be the producer of the biopic. The studio seems like a good choice to handle the material considering both last year’s The Social Network and this year’s Moneyball (both Sony Pictures films based on biographical books) have garnered widespread critical acclaim.
Isaacson’s text, Steve Jobs: A Biography was originally due for release on Nov. 21 but has been moved forward to Oct. 24 in light of Jobs’ passing. The work is based on over 40 interviews with the prolific tech innovator and over 100 conversations with family, friends, co-workers and fellow industry figures. According to the Deadline article, Jobs approved the biography after fighting off a long list of hopefuls before settling on Isaacson, who was formerly Chairman and CEO of CNN and Time magazine managing editor and has written about Albert Einstein, Henry Kissinger and Benjamin Franklin.
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