Well, that didn’t take long. Sony is attempting to option the rights to the upcoming biography Steve Jobs by Walter Isaccson.
According to Deadline, Sony is making a hefty offer to acquire the rights to the biography that is due out later this month. The 656-page hardcover is made up of over 40 interviews that Isaccson conducted with Steve Jobs, up through, and just after his retirement as the CEO of Apple. It was originally slated for release next year, but the release was moved up after the announcement of the retirement. Mr. Isaccson has since confirmed since Mr. Jobs’ passing that he was indeed aware his time was short and that prompted his retirement as well as the acceleration of the biography’s release.
While I have no issues with the book’s release as it was all done with Jobs’ approval, a film studio moving to acquire the film rights this quickly seems to be in poor taste to me. True, we’re probably looking at a year or more before any potential release, it still seems like there should have been at least some distance before someone moved on this.
If this has to go forward, which I’m sure it will, I’m voting now for Noah Wyle of ER fame to step into Jobs’ New Balance sneakers again. Wyle played Jobs in the 1999 telefilm, Pirates of Silicon Valley about the early days of Bill Gates and Jobs forming their respective companies. While the film had its factual inaccuracies, Jobs liked Wyle’s portrayal enough to have him show up at the 1999 MacWorld convention and impersonate him for the first few minutes of his scheduled keynote. He’s a talented actor, and this is the closest anyone could ever come to having Jobs’ personal seal of approval. (And if you’ve never seen the movie, you can find it cheap on DVD, it’s worth watching)
I would rather not see this movie go forward, but if it must, then at least do it right.
You can find the Pirates trailer and the MacWorld appearance after the jump.
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