Well… that was quick. Just five days after Steve Jobs, co-founder and former CEO of Apple Inc. and creator of everything awesome in your life ever, passed away due to pancreatic cancer, Sony is already on the move to buy the rights to Jobs’ life story and make a film about his life, which is in no way capitalizing on his death. Not at all. Despite the fact that this movie could have been developed anytime over the past four or five years. Nope, nothing exploitative about this at all, especially since Jobs’ name isn’t, like, trending everywhere right now.
Looks like the film is set to be based upon the book, ingeniously titled Steve Jobs, written by Walter Isaacson, which is set for release on October 24 (it originally had a November release, but it got bumped to October—but totally not to capitalize on Jobs’ death, right, you guys?), as Sony is offering up $1 million to gain the feature film rights.
The film already has a producer, Mark Gordon (Source Code, 2012, 12 Rounds, Talk to Me, Saving Private Ryan), but no director, writer, or star. The book used as the basis for the film “is a 448-page profile based on over 40 interviews with the Apple co-founder and over 100 conversations with friends, family members, colleagues and competitors,” and is the “first biography to get Jobs’ full blessing and cooperation, and its author Walter Isaacson was chosen personally by Jobs, as he’s written about Henry Kissinger, Ben Franklin and Albert Einstein before.”
In the right hands, Jobs’ story could make an excellent film—hey, David Fincher managed to make the Facebook story one of the most engrossing films of the last few years—it’s just unfortunate that the whole enterprise currently smacks of exploiting Jobs’ death rather than celebrating his life.
What do you think about a Jobs biopic?