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Sony Pictures already acquiring rights for Steve Jobs film

Written by Andre Yoskowitz (Google+) @ 08 Oct 2011 21:04 User comments (7)

Sony Pictures already acquiring rights for Steve Jobs film Sony Pictures is preparing a very large bid to acquire the feature rights to the upcoming "Steve Jobs" biography written by CNN chairman and Time Magazine managing editor Walter Isaacson.
The deal is expected to be at least "$1 million against $3 million" for the rights and Mark Gordon seems to be signed up to produce. Gordon is best known for Saving Private Ryan.

Sony Pictures recently put together the Social Network and Moneyball based off popular books so the new move seems to be a "good fit."

Isaacson's book was set for a November 21st release but following the passing of Jobs this week, the book's release date has been pushed to October 24th.

"Steve Jobs" is the only autobiography ever authorized by the former Apple CEO.

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7 user comments

19.10.2011 2:31

There is already a movie about him...it is called, "Pirates of Silicon Valley".



29.10.2011 6:13

I don't think this will work well

39.10.2011 15:02

Originally posted by KillerBug:
There is already a movie about him...it is called, "Pirates of Silicon Valley".
I actually enjoyed that one. Noah Wyle as Steve Jobs and Anthony Michael Hall as Bill Gates (can you say typecasting?).

49.10.2011 20:56

since when do you need rights to make films based on public figures? just wondering, as "unauthorized biographies" are written/published all the time.

nm. i re-read and its based on a book, /slaps self

This message has been edited since its posting. Latest edit was made on 09 Oct 2011 @ 20:57

59.10.2011 21:18

Seriously? Who friggin cares. He was an edited by ddp. A visionary edited by ddp true but that doesn't change the fact that he was an edited by ddp.

This message has been edited since its posting. Latest edit was made on 09 Oct 2011 @ 21:25

610.10.2011 12:38

Originally posted by six60six:
since when do you need rights to make films based on public figures? just wondering, as "unauthorized biographies" are written/published all the time.

nm. i re-read and its based on a book, /slaps self
Didn't the courts say that it was legal to use someone's name and likeness without permission after EA refused to pay royalties to that NBA player that was on the cover of one of their games?


710.10.2011 17:25

Originally posted by KillerBug:
Originally posted by six60six:
since when do you need rights to make films based on public figures? just wondering, as "unauthorized biographies" are written/published all the time.

nm. i re-read and its based on a book, /slaps self
Didn't the courts say that it was legal to use someone's name and likeness without permission after EA refused to pay royalties to that NBA player that was on the cover of one of their games?
never heard about that, but i know likeness rights are a completely different can of worms (i.e. the governator action figures and such)

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