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Sony said lining up $3m movie deal for Steve Jobs biography

updated 07:00 pm EDT, Fri October 7, 2011

Sony wants Jobs bio as movie

A rumor late Friday asserted that Sony Pictures was already negotiating a deal for the movie rights to the Steve Jobs biography by Walter Isaacson. Sony would pay between $1 million to $3 million just to get access, Deadline understood. The movie would be produced by Mark Gordon and Management 360 under their MG360 partnerhsip.

A tentative completion date hasn't been set and might not necessarily occur. Studios regularly buy movie rights if they're interested in a project but may decide later that it wasn't feasible or are simply waiting for the right combination of director, actors, and script.

Details weren't confirmed, but Gordon would potentially be a strong fit for the role. He recently produced a Richard Pryor biopic, Duncan Jones' well-received Source Code, and The Messenger, along with regularly being a producer and a financial help for blockbuster movies like Saving Private Ryan.

A grab for movie rights may risk criticism given the recentness of Jobs' death and that the book itself won't be published until October 24. It's nonetheless considered one of the hotter biopic projects as the Isaacson biography will be the only one with Jobs' direct consent and input. Pirates of Silicon Valley, based on the non-fiction book Fire in the Valley, is considered true to the spirit of Jobs' life but with a consciously loose approach to accuracy.

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  1. beb

    Mac Elite

    Joined: Jan 2002


    A movie about doing what you love...

    Considering how he was such a proponent of Apple products, I expect Aaron Sorkin to immediately stop whatever he is doing and write the screenplay. Whether you liked The Social Network or not, the "Two Cathedrals" episode of The West Wing is the best hour of television ever made.

  1. jfgilbert

    Fresh-Faced Recruit

    Joined: Jan 2010


    Sony have no shame

    This is the last company who should have anything to do with Steve Jobs. They probably would have had him assassinated if they could, and they now stand for everything he despised.
    Vultures will be vultures, but nobody should be surprised when they stink.

  1. beb

    Mac Elite

    Joined: Jan 2002


    Perhaps... but...

    Steve admired Sony. Truthfully, I only care that they get the story right. The story of Jobs really IS something that is meant for Hollywood. Along with Mr. Isaacson, Steven Levy needs to work on the screenplay with Sorkin. This really is a monster of a story to tackle. And it is imperative to make it the inspirational triumph that would do nothing but totally honor the legacy of Jobs and his accomplishments. And if it takes some of Sony's money to make that story happen... fine with me.

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  1. coffeetime

    Senior User

    Joined: Nov 2006


    I have no issue with Sony

    It's Samsung that is the problem if they ever decide to make Apple movie (fat chance). Sony doesn't copy iOS devices and they produces lots of audio/video equipments that work with iOS devices.

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