Steve Jobs biographical film?
I don't think there's any surprise that there will be a film made about Steve Jobs, the iconic leader of Apple, and I don't think there's a real surprise that big studios would be after it, but would it be a surprise that Sony were the ones to make the film?
Well they're behind the rights buying deal that's currently in negotiations, and I guess it's just good news that Microsoft don't have a studio to take on the project!
Of course everyone will know who Steve Jobs is, and that he died last week, but they won't know that an authorised biography Steve Jobs by Walter Isaacson (Amazon.co.uk
) was due to be released in November, and it is the only authorised biography as it is based on more than forty interviews with Steve Jobs, family members, friends, colleagues and competitors.
That's what The Hollywood Reporter tells us, although I'm unsure how many of those forty interviews were with Jobs himself and how much time he gave to the project, but it surely will be the most insightful story about the man to date.
Since Jobs' death the book has been moved forward to October from a planned November release date, and the negotiations have begun with Sony looking to take the book to script and film. Apparently the sales of the book rocketed after his death and it leapt from four hundred and twenty-fourth in the Amazon sales charts to number one. No wonder they want to make a film about him.
Negotiations are happening now for the project, but it's not the first time that Steve Jobs has been on screen, especially not as a character played by an actor.
There have been little appearances elsewhere, but in Pirates of the Silicon Valley he was played by Noah Wyle with Anthony Michael Hall playing Bill Gates, and the film looked at the early history of Apple and Microsoft.
Deadline have a story about that and reveal that after the mini-series was aired Jobs tracked down Wyle and called him at home saying:
"I'm just calling to tell you I thought you did a good job. I hated the movie, I hated the script, I think if you had spent a little more time and a little more money and maybe a little more attention to detail, you could have had something there. But you were good."
Of course he probably didn't like the series as what I've read about it would suggest that there was a lot of stealing of ideas going on between the two companies. Certainly Microsoft have done that before as they were working with IBM on OS/2, the object orientated operating system that came before Windows, and broke off the project to start work on their version, but...okay, geeky side coming out now, I'm stopping.
So with a biographical film about Steve Jobs come the questions of whether it will work as a film or not. Of course the fans of Apple will go and see it without question, just as they would pick up the latest iteration of Apple hardware, but will non-Apple fans go and see the film? Will there be enough interest in Apple and Steve Jobs?