Sony Pictures in Negotiations for Rights to Steve Jobs Biography

Steve Jobs - September 2010
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Mark Gordon would produce the big-screen adaptation of the authorized book, written by Walter Isaacson.

Hollywood is wasting no time in bringing the life story of Steve Jobs to the screen.

Just days after the Apple co-founder’s death, Sony Pictures is in negotiations to pick up the screen rights to Steve Jobs, the authorized biography written by Walter Isaacson. Mark Gordon is in negotiations to produce the big-screen adaptation as is MG360, the film production partnership between Gordon and Management 360.

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Isaacson is the former managing editor of Time and the author of previous best-sellers about Benjamin Franklin and Henry Kissinger. He was reportedly given complete access to Jobs, even getting a personal tour of the technocrat’s childhood home.

The book  was scheduled to be released by Simon & Schuster Nov. 21 but has been moved up by almost a month to Oct. 24.

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In the day after Job’s death, the book’s pre-sales increased by 42,000 percent since Apple announced Jobs’ death:  it moved from No. 424 to No. 1 on Amazon’s overall sales rankings.

Billed as the only authorized biography, Steve Jobs is based on more than 40 interviews with Jobs as well as interviews with more than a hundred family members, friends, colleagues, and competitors.

Gordon is a veteran producer whose feature credits range from Speed to Saving Private Ryan to Source Code. In recent years, he has become one of TV’s biggest players, exec producing shows like Grey’s Anatomy, Criminal Minds and Private Practice.

Sony would not confirm details.

Isaacson is repped by ICM.