Studios Battle Over Rights To Steve Jobs Biopic

October 10, 2011 by  
Filed under News

Apple co-founder Steve Jobs has barely been dead a week but already the film titans are already battling to acquire rights to produce a biopic about his life.

Reports suggest that Sony Pictures, the studio behind Oscar nominated The Social Network, is very close to paying a seven-figure sum for the feature rights to an authorised biography of Jobs.

The book, Steve Jobs, has been written by former Time Magazine managing editor Walter Isaacson and was originally due to be released on 24 November. It will now be available to buy from 24 October following the 56-year-old subject’s death from pancreatic cancer last week.

Based on over 40 interviews with the man himself as well as interviews with more than 100 family members, friends, competitors and colleaguess, Jobs asked for no control over the book and encouraged the people he knew to speak honestly.

The box office potential of a Jobs biopic is clear. Thousands of tributes have poured in from across the globe following his death on Wednesday last week and the book is already top of the Amazon bestseller list on pre-orders alone.

Producing the film will be Mark Gordon, who has worked on films such as Speed and Saving Private Ryan.
There are currently no suggestions about who will take the role of Jobs himself.

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