Surprising? Not in the very least. The life of Steve Jobs in itself is a (profitable) picture in the making, and Sony Pictures knows it. More details below:
The Next Web - Sony Pictures is in the process of making a ‘hefty’ deal for the feature rights to the upcoming biography of Steve Jobs by Walter Isaacson, reports Mike Fleming of Deadline. The reports says that the deal is set for $1M against $3M with Mark Gordon tapped to produce for MG360. Gordon is represented by ICM, who also reps Isaacson.
Sony has a recent tech biopic, The Social Network, under its belt which went home with 3 Oscars this year.
The biography was recently pushed up in its timetable to be released later this month on October 24th, after Jobs passed away this week. It clocks in at 448 pages and Isaacson, who has authored biographies of Henry Kissinger, Benjamin Franklin and Albert Einstein, was given unprecedented access to Jobs for the book. It contains content based on 40 interviews and over 100 conversations with friends, family and competitors.