Hollywood is not renowned for leaving a respectful amount of time before jumping on the bones of a tragedy – indeed they seem to view it the opposite way to normal people. To most people the announcement a couple of days after Steve Jobs’ death that Sony is buying a biography of him so they can make a movie biopic seems like profiteering out of tragedy, however in the world of Hollywood it is seen as a compliment.
To execs it’s a mark of respect that someone is seen as noteworthy enough that it’s worth trying to be the first to make a movie about them (and there’s also the fact things get a lot easier after someone dies, as you can’t libel a dead person, so legally a death makes creating a biopic a lot easier).
Variety reports that Sony has puchased the upcoming biopic, Steven Jobs, written by Walter Isaacson, the former CEO of CNN and managing editor of Time Magazine. Mark Gordon will produce the adaptation, although it doesn’t seem that Sony has a writer attached to adapt the book at the moment.
Simon & Schuster will publish the book later this month, which was written based on two years worth of interviews with Steve Jobs. Aside from being Apple’s co-founder, Jobs also served as the CEO of Pixar Animation Studios and was a part owner of Walt Disney Studios.
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