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RIP Steve Jobs – Sony set to make biopic

08 October 2011

With the news of his passing, Sony Pictures are looking to acquire the rights to Steve Jobs' upcoming authorised biography for a major motion picture.

Written by the former CNN chairman and Time Magazine managing editor Walter Isaacson, the deal is rumoured to be '$1 million against $3 million' with Mark Gordon set to producer under the banner of MG360, the partnership between himself and Management 360.

Sony seem to be a good fit for the biography of the technology master having successfully brought to the big screen the story of Facebook with last years The Social Network and the upcoming Moneyball.

The biography, simply titled Steve Jobs was to be release in 2012 but was moved to November 21 but with his tragic passing this week, publishers Simon & Schuster have moved it to October 24.

The 448-page profile is based on over 40 interviews with the Apple co-founder and over 100 conversations with friends, family members, colleagues and competitors,

It is understood that Jobs gave Isaacson his full cooperation but had not read it as of mid-August, it's a compelling story: the building of the world’s most valuable technology company by creating the devices that changed how people use electronics and revolutionised the computer, music, and mobile phone industries.

Jobs reportedly fought off many biographers, but chose Isaacson, who’s written about Henry Kissinger, Benjamin Franklin and Albert Einstein. Jobs himself said he had no skeletons in his closet, though there were things he’d done he wasn’t proud of. But he was touchy about his personal life.

Pirates Of Silicon Valley based on the book by Fire In The Valley: The Making of The Personal Computer by Paul Freiberger & Michael Swaine is the only film to date to chronicle the rise of Apple.