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Just days after the news of Apple exec and all around genius Steve Job’s passing, Deadline is reporting that Sony Pictures is working on acquiring the film rights to a soon-to-be-released Jobs biography not-so-enigmatically titled 'Steve Jobs'. The biography is penned by Time Magazine managing editor Walter Isaacson who was Job’s personal choice for biographer after having declined offers from several writers in the past. Isaacson has written several successful biographies on everyone from Henry Kissinger to Albert Einstein. His Steve Jobs biography, at one point unfortunately titled 'iSteve: The Book of Jobs', was originally set for a November release. But with Jobs’ recent passing, the release date has been moved up to October 24th.
Part of me wants to make jokes here, to crack wise about the timing of this deal and the hastiness of this plan for a biopic. But frankly, as soon as I heard that Jobs had died one of the first thoughts to cross my mind was when we would be seeing a movie about him. Steve Jobs was a brilliant man and an incredibly important figure of the 21st century. He revolutionized so many different facets of technology as to draw well-earned comparisons to Thomas Edison. His story is fascinating and it’s exciting that the studio that gave us the compelling cinematic story of Facebook, 'The Social Network', is now helming the potential Steve Jobs film.
No word yet as to whether Noah Wyle ('ER') will reprise the role of Steve Jobs, which he played in the 1999 made-for-TV movie 'Pirates of Silicon Valley'.