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Sony Pictures negotiating film rights to Steve Jobs biography

Just days after the death of Apple's co-founder, Sony Pictures is in negotiations to buy the screen rights to Steve Jobs, the authorised biography of the technology genius, written by Walter Isaacson, the Hollywood Reporter said.

hollywood Updated: Oct 09, 2011 11:20 IST
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Hollywood is keen to bring the life story of Steve Jobs on the big screen soon.

Just days after the death of Apple's co-founder, Sony Pictures is in negotiations to buy the screen rights to Steve Jobs, the authorised biography of the technology genius, written by Walter Isaacson, the Hollywood Reporter said.

Mark Gordon would produce the big-screen adaptation of the authorized book.

Isaacson conducted more than 40 interviews with Jobs over two years, besides talking to his friends and families.

Isaacson is the chief executive of Aspen Institute and was the former managing editor of Time magazine. He is the author of bestselling biographies of Albert Einstein and Ben Franklin.

The book was initially titled iSteve: The Book of Jobs but would now be called Steve Jobs.

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

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 include Speed, Saving Private Ryan and Source Code among others.

Jobs lost his battle with pancreatic cancer on October 5. He was 56.