It was just a matter of time until this happened. The highly anticipated book by Time Magazine managing editor Walter Isaacson is going to be turned into a film from the studio that brought you The Social Network and Moneyball.
In that way, this is a perfect combination. Sony will undoubtedly respect the source material, which hasn’t even come out yet. Also, Sony makes a ton of electronics so this must be close to someone’s heart there. Hell, Sony even provided that awesome new camera for the iPhone 4S.
The massive book (656 pages) is based on over 40 interviews with Jobs and over 100 conversations with friends, co-workers, family and competitors.
The book was originally titles iSteve: The Book of Jobs, but Isaacson began debating whether that was appropriate. After all, this was the first biography that Jobs had given his blessing to. In fact, Jobs told Isaacson that he wanted to do the book so his kids could learn who he was because he wasn’t around all the time. Now the book is simply titled Steve Jobs, which echoes the simple design principles he valued at Apple.
The book was originally schedule for 2012 but was moved up to November 21. The book was in the top 50 on Amazon and it hadn’t been finished yet. After Jobs’ death, Simon and Schuster moved up the release date to October 24. Isaacson had concluded interviews with Jobs just 4 weeks ago as well.
Jobs had fought off a barrage of biographers until he chose Isaacson, who had previously done biographies on Henry Kissinger, Benjamin Franklin and Albert Einstein. Jobs was notoriously touchy about his personal life, cutting off access to Time’s Michael Mortiz when he reported a detail about his family.
The only other movie made about Jobs was The Pirates of Silicon Valley. Noah Wyle played Steve Jobs and Jobs was thrilled with his performance. He was so thrilled with it that he invited Wyle to open a keynote for him.
As of now the biography is #1 on Amazon under books, it’s unlikely it’ll move anytime soon. When the movie comes out, it’ll likely be huge as well. [Deadline]