Sony Pictures to acquire movie rights to upcoming Steve Jobs book

Following the death of Apple Co-founder and CEO Steve Jobs earlier this week there has been a considerable amount of interest in the book Steve Jobs, an authorised biography by CNN chairman and Time Magazine managing editor Walter Isaacson who interviewed Jobs 40 times over the space of two years. Isaacson also interviewed family members, friends, colleagues and fans.

Since Jobs’ passing the book has risen from 437 to 1 on Amazon’s bestseller list on pre-orders alone, and also topped the list of iTunes’ bestsellers. Now Deadline reports that Sony Pictures “is making a deal to acquire feature rights” to the book.

Sony was behind David Fincher’s Oscar-nominated movie The Social Network which followed the founding of Facebook by Mark Zuckerberg, so they’ve produced movies on a similar topic before. Mark Gordon (Saving Private Ryan) will produce if the deal closes.

The biography, which has been pushed forward from November 21 to October 24 by publisher Simon & Schuster, is described as “a riveting story of the roller-coaster life and searingly intense personality of a creative entrepreneur, whose passion for perfection and ferocious drive revolutionised six industries – personal computers, animated movies, music, phones, tablet computing and digital publishing”.

As well as co-founding Apple Steve Jobs also served as chief executive of Pixar Animation Studios and became a member of the board of directors of The Walt Disney Company in 2006, following the acquisition of Pixar by Disney.

A movie based on the life of Steve Jobs will need the same care and attention as The Social Network received. David Fincher directing would be an obvious choice, but i’m sure there are a number of other directors who could produce a high quality film. Hopefully they wait a while and give people time to mourn before hiring anyone. This isn’t a movie that needs to be rushed.