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Sony acquiring film rights to the biography of the late Steve Jobs

10.07.2011

It was bound to happen to sooner or later.

According to Deadline, Sony is in the process of making a pretty big deal to pick up the feature film rights to the book Steve Jobs, the upcoming authorized biography by former CNN chairman and Time Magazine managing editor Walter Isaacson.

The film will be produced by Mark Gordon ("Grey's Anatomy", SAVING PRIVATE RYAN) for Sony. The studio would seem to be the most appropriate to get behind this project as they've already turned two fairly prominent business books into compelling dramas with both THE SOCIAL NETWORK and MONEYBALL. Though it's not clear what shape this Steve Jobs film will take, it's assumed that it would likely mirror the formula seen in those two pictures.

A rundown of Isaacson's upcoming book, which will be released on October 24th:

Based on more than forty interviews with Jobs conducted over two years - as well as interviews with more than a hundred family members, friends, adversaries, competitors, and colleagues - Walter Isaacson has written a riveting story of the roller-coaster life and searingly intense personality of a creative entrepreneur whose passion for perfection and ferocious drive revolutionized six industries: personal computers, animated movies, music, phones, tablet computing, and digital publishing.
Extra Tidbit: Is it tacky for this announcement to be coming out so soon?
Source: Deadline

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7:42PM on 10/07/2011

Yes. Of course it's tacky

The guy isn't even in the ground yet for crying out loud.
The guy isn't even in the ground yet for crying out loud.
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8:00PM on 10/07/2011
it might be a little bit inconsiderate to announce this now, right after Mr. Jobs death, but a movie was bound to happen and i think it would have happened in the very near future based on the previously mentioned success of The Social Network and Moneyball. Also noteworthy is that Mark Zuckerberg and Billy Beane are still alive, so i don't think his death prompted this film, it probably just sped up the timeframe for production to begin.
it might be a little bit inconsiderate to announce this now, right after Mr. Jobs death, but a movie was bound to happen and i think it would have happened in the very near future based on the previously mentioned success of The Social Network and Moneyball. Also noteworthy is that Mark Zuckerberg and Billy Beane are still alive, so i don't think his death prompted this film, it probably just sped up the timeframe for production to begin.
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4:48PM on 10/08/2011
Steve Jobs: This is It. the unshown documentary footage of what would have been his last concert tour. wait, what?
Steve Jobs: This is It. the unshown documentary footage of what would have been his last concert tour. wait, what?
8:06PM on 10/07/2011
Could this be The Social Network 2.
Could this be The Social Network 2.
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8:18PM on 10/07/2011
This is a cheap shot. Jobs recently passed away and now everybody want to reap off the benefit from his death? That is just sad, man. Not that I have anything against Jobs. He was a real inventor and bright technologist of our time but give the man some respect for crying out loud. To answer the extra tidbit, yeah tacky. It's too soon.
This is a cheap shot. Jobs recently passed away and now everybody want to reap off the benefit from his death? That is just sad, man. Not that I have anything against Jobs. He was a real inventor and bright technologist of our time but give the man some respect for crying out loud. To answer the extra tidbit, yeah tacky. It's too soon.
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8:34PM on 10/07/2011
I am disgusted by this news. Movie companies capitalizing on Steve Jobs recent passing and make money off it. Yes, the movie might be good but I bet if he was still around right now, no one would be interested in making the film. Sometimes Hollywood is just heartless.
I am disgusted by this news. Movie companies capitalizing on Steve Jobs recent passing and make money off it. Yes, the movie might be good but I bet if he was still around right now, no one would be interested in making the film. Sometimes Hollywood is just heartless.
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9:06PM on 10/07/2011
Damn! The man's family has barely had time to properly say goodbye. It's called etiquette Sony ... LOOK IT UP
Damn! The man's family has barely had time to properly say goodbye. It's called etiquette Sony ... LOOK IT UP
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10:51PM on 10/07/2011
Didn't they sort of already do a film about Jobs & Bill Gates called Pirates of Silicon Valley, great movie btw.
Didn't they sort of already do a film about Jobs & Bill Gates called Pirates of Silicon Valley, great movie btw.
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2:44AM on 10/08/2011

Bound to happen? It already did...

I thought we already saw this movie...when it was called PIRATES OF SILICON VALLEY. Sorry, SONY, but TNT beat you to it...
I thought we already saw this movie...when it was called PIRATES OF SILICON VALLEY. Sorry, SONY, but TNT beat you to it...
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4:45PM on 10/08/2011
true, but that movie only goes up to the late 80's. it doesn't cover the return of jobs to apple and the birth of the ipod/iphone, which is a whole other act/saga in the steve jobs story. in fact that part could prob be a whole movie in itself. pirates 2?
true, but that movie only goes up to the late 80's. it doesn't cover the return of jobs to apple and the birth of the ipod/iphone, which is a whole other act/saga in the steve jobs story. in fact that part could prob be a whole movie in itself. pirates 2?
4:40AM on 10/08/2011

Is the corpse cold yet?

Terrible.
Terrible.
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5:12AM on 10/08/2011
Very bad timing! This displays the cold greed of the movie business once again.
Very bad timing! This displays the cold greed of the movie business once again.
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11:14AM on 10/08/2011
I don't mind a Steve Jobs biography in the future, but not in the imediate future. I also want the filmmakers to portray him honestly, showing all his facets, not like a perfect being who invented everything and did everything right. Jobs was a very imperfect "boss" with a difficult personality.
I don't mind a Steve Jobs biography in the future, but not in the imediate future. I also want the filmmakers to portray him honestly, showing all his facets, not like a perfect being who invented everything and did everything right. Jobs was a very imperfect "boss" with a difficult personality.
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12:44PM on 10/08/2011
is he even in the ground?
is he even in the ground?
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3:12PM on 10/08/2011
They should've had this idea fermenting 2 years ago.
Kinda weird and wrong to talk about it now.
They should've had this idea fermenting 2 years ago.
Kinda weird and wrong to talk about it now.
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4:33PM on 10/09/2011

Of course it's going to happen.

I can't wait to read the book and I'll be there opening day for the movie. With such an enigmatic character who was as far reaching and influential as Jobs was, there are hordes of people out there desperate for a glimpse into the mind of this man... even more so now that his personal story has ended. It may be a bit tacky to be announced so soon - but a fierce bidding war for the rights was inevitable and expected. Being an industrial tycoon himself, Jobs would certainly have expected it as
I can't wait to read the book and I'll be there opening day for the movie. With such an enigmatic character who was as far reaching and influential as Jobs was, there are hordes of people out there desperate for a glimpse into the mind of this man... even more so now that his personal story has ended. It may be a bit tacky to be announced so soon - but a fierce bidding war for the rights was inevitable and expected. Being an industrial tycoon himself, Jobs would certainly have expected it as well.

Now I just can't wait for the casting talks to begin!
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5:36PM on 10/09/2011
Honestly? I'm not interested in this in the slightest.
Honestly? I'm not interested in this in the slightest.
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