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Aaron Sorkin To Script ‘Steve Jobs,’ Based On Walter Isaacson Book For Sony

By | Tuesday May 15, 2012 @ 5:54pm PDT
Mike Fleming

CULVER CITY, Calif., May 15, 2012 – Academy Award® winning screenwriter Aaron
Sorkin will adapt Steve Jobs, a motion picture based on the best-selling
biography of the legendary Apple co-founder by award-winning journalist Walter
Isaacson, it was announced today by Amy Pascal, Co-Chairman of Sony Pictures
Entertainment, and Doug Belgrad, President of Columbia Pictures. The project is
being produced by Mark Gordon, Scott Rudin and Guymon Casady.

Published late last year, Steve Jobs was Amazon’s best-selling book of 2011. In
addition, the biography ranked #1 among bestselling hardcover books by a 2:1
margin, with sales of 2,246,569 in 2011, according to Publisher’s
Weekly.
Commenting on the announcement, Pascal said, “Steve Jobs’ story is unique: he
was one of the most revolutionary and influential men not just of our time but
of all time. There is no writer working in Hollywood today who is more capable
of capturing such an extraordinary life for the screen than Aaron Sorkin; in his
hands, we’re confident that the film will be everything that Jobs himself was:
captivating, entertaining, and polarizing.”

AARON SORKIN won the Academy Award® for Best Adapted Screenplay for his work
on The Social Network. His other screenplays includeMoneyball, Charlie Wilson’s
War, The American President, Malice, and A Few Good Men. He has also acquired
the motion picture rights to The Politician, the best-selling book by Andrew
Young about the downfall of former Senator John Edwards. He will adapt the book
and make his directorial debut with the film, which he will

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Bloomberg: iTunes Guru Prepping Apple TV Set For Late 2012

Will an Apple TV set change television as much as other Apple devices have changed music, computing, and publishing? Steve Jobs seemed to think so when he confirmed the Apple TV project to Walter Isaacson for his newly released biography of the late CEO, titled Steve Jobs. The TV set will integrate conventional programming with content on other Apple devices and it “will have the simplest user interface you could imagine,” Isaacson quotes Jobs as saying. Now Bloomberg says it confirmed that Apple has quietly hired iTunes creator Jeff Robbins to guide the project — which Piper Jaffray analyst Gene Munster said yesterday could be ready for prime time in late 2012. Munster said in a report that he’s told by his contacts that Apple already has a prototype for the TV set. The company also is ramping up its manufacturing capability and rounding up LCD screens. Apple could use its new Siri voice-recognition platform to enable viewers to ask for the shows they want. The Apple TV also might work with the new iCloud service, which opens opportunities for people to access programming anywhere they have a broadband connection.

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Sony Pictures Acquiring New Steve Jobs Biography For Major Feature Film

By | Friday October 7, 2011 @ 2:48pm PDT
Mike Fleming

Steve Jobs Biography MovieEXCLUSIVE: I’ve just learned that Sony Pictures is making a hefty deal to acquire feature rights to Steve Jobs, the upcoming authorized biography by former CNN chairman and Time Magazine managing editor Walter Isaacson. I’m hearing the deal is $1 million against $3 million and that Mark Gordon will be the biopic’s producer. But this will be an MG360 project, which is the movie production partnership between Gordon and Management 360. ICM reps both Isaacson and Gordon. Sony Pictures would not comment. The studio seems a good fit for the book, having boiled business books into compelling dramas with both the Oscar-nominated The Social Network and Moneyball. The Isaacson book was supposed to be published on November 21st by Simon & Schuster, but now the release date has moved up to October 24th, according to a spokeswoman for the publisher. This was the hottest about-to-be biopic in Hollywood. [Will Hollywood Book Biopic Of Steve Jobs?] The 448-page profile is based on over 40 interviews with the Apple co-founder and over 100 conversations with friends, family members, colleagues and competitors. And it’s a compelling story: the building of the world’s most valuable technology company by creating the devices that changed how people use electronics and revolutionized the computer, music, and mobile phone industries. Jobs gave his full cooperation but had not read it as of mid-August. At first titled iSteve: the Book Of Jobs, Isaacson had second thoughts about what was appropriate for the first biography to get Jobs’ blessing and cooperation. Even when it wasn’t even finished, it made it (briefly) into the top 50 on Amazon’s bestseller list. Isaacson eventually persuaded his publisher Simon & Schuster to go with the simple title of Steve Jobs. First planned for 2012, the book’s release date was moved up. Read More »

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Will Hollywood Book Biopic Of Steve Jobs?

R.I.P. Steve Jobs

The hottest biopic in Hollywood right now has to be based on former Time magazine top editor Walter Isaacson’s authorized biography of Steve Jobs being published by Simon & Schuster on November 21st. Given the TV and movie industry’s past and present penchant for making entertainment out of people’s lives, it won’t be long before the book is made into a film. The 448-page profile is based on over 40 interviews with the Apple co-founder and over 100 conversations with friends, family members, colleagues and competitors. And it’s a compelling story: the building of the world’s most valuable technology company by creating the devices that changed how people use electronics and revolutionized the computer, music, and mobile phone industries. Jobs gave his full cooperation but had not read it as of mid-August, the date of the Barnes and Noble overview. At first titled iSteve: the Book Of Jobs, Isaacson had second thoughts about what was appropriate for the first biography to get Jobs’ blessing and cooperation. Even when it wasn’t even finished, it made it (briefly) into the top 50 on Amazon’s bestseller list. Isaacson eventually persuaded his publisher Simon & Schuster to go with the simple title of Steve Jobs. First planned for 2012, the book’s release date was moved up. Read More »

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