Jobs biopic planned

Ben Camm-Jones
11 October, 2011
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A film based on Walter Isaacson’s forthcoming biography of Steve Jobs is planned, according to reports from the US.

The publication date for Isaacson’s biography, Steve Jobs, has been brought forward to October 24 after first being pencilled in for a November 21 launch.

It is available to pre-order on in hardback, audio CD and a Kindle edition. However, the US-based Deadline website is now reporting that Sony Pictures is making a “hefty deal” – at least US$1,000,000 – to acquire the film rights for the book.

Mark Gordon, who has previously worked on films such as Saving Private Ryan, will produce the film, according to the report.

Isaacson’s book, initially called iSteve: The Book of Jobs, is a 448-page biography based on interviews with Jobs as well as many friends, family members, colleagues and competitors. Isaacson, a former editor of Time magazine, has written biographies of Benjamin Franklin and Albert Einstein in the past.

Jobs has been portrayed on-screen before – in 1999 ER’s Noah Wyle played Jobs in a made-for-TV docudrama, Pirates of Silicon Valley.

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