Sony Pictures acquires rights to Walter Isaacson’s Steve Jobs bio for major feature film

“I’ve just learned that Sony Pictures is making a hefty deal to acquire feature rights to Steve Jobs, the upcoming authorized biography by former CNN chairman and Time Magazine managing editor Walter Isaacson,” Mike Fleming reports for Deadline.

“I’m hearing the deal is $1 million against $3 million and that Mark Gordon will be the biopic’s producer,” Fleming reports. “But this will be an MG360 project, which is the movie production partnership between Gordon and Management 360. ICM reps both Isaacson and Gordon. Sony Pictures would not comment.”

Fleming reports, “The studio seems a good fit for the book, having boiled business books into compelling dramas with both the Oscar-nominated The Social Network and Moneyball.”

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30 Comments

      1. Uh, dude, Pirates of Silicone Valley was a drama about plastic surgeons who perform breast augmentation. You’re confusing that with Pirates of Silicon Valley, which of course was about Steve Jobs and Bill Gates. Two very different stories, each entertaining in its own way.

    1. That’s a really interesting idea, but I don’t know that people would take animation as a serious drama. Although, Up! and Toy Story had some parts that were meant to be serious, and that worked-out well. Final Fantasy was a serious / action movie.

      Let’s see Pixar’s take on Phil Schiller. 🙂

      1. Ah yes, but Pixar is entering into the live action feature business as we speak. Rumor has it that “The Adventures of John Carter on Mars” will be live action. The script is by Andrew Staunton, who also wrote “Finding Nemo,” “Toy Story 2,” and “A Bug’s Life.”

        “1906” is also a live action film by Brad Bird about the 1906 San Francisco earthquake which in development.

        So, yeah, I would love to see Pixar make the film as they would certainly capture the spirit of Steve. Truthfully, they are the only studio that consistently turns out movies with any heart.

  1. I think that we should all expect that Jobs is going to be elevated to something impossibly lofty over time, or after the shock fades into the distance, he will be reviled so that some of the current mediocrity can elbow in for some power.

    If this movie is done within the fairly near future, it’ll try to show him as a person, I’d bet. But Steve was the stuff of legend. And so here’s the danger: a new reality distortion field where everyone suddenly claims to understand him because he thought just like they do. Yeah, right.

    In some ways, we geeks are the keepers of the tale. Let it remain real.

  2. Most, if not all, biopics invent or exaggerate characters or situations for dramatic effect. I reckon the biography of Jobs could be made entirely without any of these inventions and based purely on fact, and would be utterly riveting from start to finish.

    1. Yes, I am afraid that Jobs would hate the loss of details or the changes for “dramatic effect”, which are inevitable when fitting something in the two-hour film.

      If this would be televisions series, then the details could be true, but this would not make statement as big as cinematic film.

  3. lord help us.
    iSteve story by studio who did what? The Social Network & Moneyball?! 2 sucking films.

    i still don’t get the FB film at all. bad acting. crap story @ an asocial egomaniac. oscar?! for what?

    Disney/Pixar’s better choice. or someone serious with cojones as big as Steve, who fears not political correctness, but lives life by taking it by the ball.

    nothing less is worthy of iGod.

    please, Social Network?! puke.

  4. With Nicolas Cage as Steve!!! “BILL GATES!!! YOU STOLE MY OS!! TIME TO DIIEEEE!! (cut to a shocked Bill as Steve pounces him in slow motion and starts to beat his face, they struggle and roll down a Mac assembly line with explosions going off in the background…) Oh please god, please let Michael Bay direct!! I can’t wait!!

  5. I hope it’s artfully and tastefully done, Steve Jobs deserves no less.

    As long as M. Night Shyamalan isn’t picked as director, I think it has a chance of being successful.

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