Studio in talks to buy Walter Isaacson's bio of late Apple co-founder
Sony Pictures is in negotiations to acquire feature film rights to Walter Isaacson’s upcoming authorized biography of late Apple co-founder Steve Jobs.Sony had no comment on the book deal. Mark Gordon will produce the picture through MG360, the film production partnership between Gordon and Management 360. Originally skedded for release on Nov. 21, Simon & Schuster will now publish “Steve Jobs” on Oct. 24 in lieu of Jobs’ death on Oct. 5. The 448-page book features two years worth of interviews with Jobs, who agreed to participate while he was battling cancer so that Isaacson could better capture his legacy. As of mid-August, Jobs had not yet read the book, which has seen its pre-sales skyrocket. Isaacson, the former CNN chairman and Time Magazine managing editor, has previously written biographies of Benjamin Franklin, Henry Kissinger and Albert Einstein. In the wake of Jobs’ passing, TNT has announced it will re-air the 1999 telepic “Pirates of the Silicon Valley,” which chronicled Jobs’ rivalry with Microsoft visionary Bill Gates. Sony is no stranger to movies about technological entrepreneurs, having recently released “The Social Network,” which chronicled the rise of Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg.
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