Reports show that Sony Pictures Entertainment is in the planning stages and making deals to acquire the rights to make a Steve Jobs movie about the Apple co-founder.
On Friday, Deadline.com announced that Sony was making a hefty deal to acquire feature rights for an upcoming authorized biography about Jobs, who died this past Wednesday.
The biography about Steve Jobs by Walter Isaacson entitled, Steve Jobs, is based on interviews with Jobs and friends and family of Jobs. The book published by Simon & Schuster, was pushed from its original release date of Nov. 21 to Oct 24.
Deadline reported that the deal in the works is 1 million advance against a total of $3 million and will be produced and directed by Mark Gordon as an MG360 project, the movie production partnership between Gordon and Management 360.
In the past, Sony has produced books of a business nature into Oscar-nominated, box office blockbuster biopics like The Social Network about Facebook;s Mark Zuckerberg and Moneyball about Oakland A's general manager Billy Beane.
The announcement of the movie deal comes just days after the death of Steve Jobs, very much like Sony's production of This Is It about Michael Jackson. Following the death of Jackson in 2009, Sony made the most of attention placed on Jackson and had the feature-length film showing footage of his final concerts in theaters in just a few short months.
This would not be the first film or biopic about Jobs, as a docudrama, Pirates of Silicon Valley, starring Noah Wyle as Steve Jobs came out in 1999 about the history of Apple and Microsoft. The film was somewhat humorous is painting the picture of Jobs and Microsoft's Bill Gates, as they created innovative, but competing, global technology companies.
Sony declined to comment to both Deadline.com and the New York Times about the Steve Jobs movie deal.