Steve Jobs the movie: Sony buys rights

Makers of The Social Network plan big-screen biopic of Jobs's life, after buying rights to Walter Isaacson's authorised biography

The studio behind Oscar-nominated Facebook film The Social Network is planning a biopic about Steve Jobs, based on a forthcoming authorised biography of the late co-founder of Apple.

Deadline reports that Sony Pictures is set to acquire rights to the book by former Time Magazine managing editor Walter Isaacson, titled simply Steve Jobs, for a seven-figure sum. It will be the first film to tell the Apple founder's story on the big screen, though a made-for-tv docudrama, Pirates of Silicon Valley, previously immortalised Jobs in 1999 with ER's Noah Wyle playing the role.

The release of Isaacson's biography is being rushed forward to 24 October following its subject's death last week from a rare form of pancreatic cancer at the age of 56. It is based on more than 40 interviews with Jobs
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