In what was only a natural move for the movie industry, Sony Pictures is reportedly pushing to secure rights for making a motion picture about Apple’s late co-founder based entirely on the upcoming biography by Walter Isaacson.Apple’s board of directors was saddened to announce earlier this week that Steve Jobs, the company’s visionary and former CEO, had passed away.
Jobs’ death was the result of an aggravating condition following several attempts to fight off a rare form of pancreatic cancer. It is still unknown whether it was the return of his cancer, or other complications following a liver transplant in 2009, that finally claimed Jobs’ life.
The media continues to spit out countless reports about the life of the genius, three days after his death.
One of the most recent ones says that Sony Pictures is lobbying the publishers of Steve Jobs’ biography to acquire rights to make a feature film. No other studio is mentioned as attempting to do the same.
The news comes via deadline.com, whose exclusive report on the matter says the deal is $1 million against $3 million, and that Mark Gordon will be the biopic’s producer. As expected, Sony Pictures declined to comment on the rumor.
The biography in question, simply titled ‘Steve Jobs’, is authored Walter Isaacson, former CNN chairman and Time Magazine managing editor. Isaacson is putting the finishing touches on the book as you are reading these lines.
The author has confirmed to the media that he plans to include one final scene based on his last discussion with the Apple visionary, which took place just weeks ago.
The scene is said to includes Jobs’ acknowledgement to Isaacson that he would not be around for long, and that he had agreed to have a biography written mainly because he wanted his kids to know him better.
The book was initially scheduled to hit the shelves in November. It is now slated to become available on October 24, both in e-format, and as hardcover.
Deadline appropriately points out that Sony Pictures should be well entitled to carry out the task of depicting Jobs’ life in a feature-length movie. The studio is also behind the Oscar-nominated The Social Network, and Moneyball.