Sony Wins Rights For A Steve Jobs Movie
The Pixar visionary and co-founder of Apple died only two days ago and already Hollywood has the ball rolling with the inevitable biography film. Oddly enough, it is Sony Pictures (not Disney or even Pixar) that has snagged the feature film rights to the upcoming biography, "Steve Jobs," according to Deadline.
"Steve Jobs" is an authorized biography by former CNN chairman and Time Magazine managing editor Walter Isaacson. The book was originally supposed to be published on Nov. 21 but Simon & Schuster has (not surprisingly) moved it up to Oct. 24. 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.
Actually, Sony is the perfect studio for this, having turned business-minded and tech-heavy true-life books into terrific pieces of mainstream entertainment with both "The Social Network" and "Moneyball."
So who's going to play Steve Jobs? Noah Wyle ("Donnie Darko") played him back in 1999 in the kind of goofy "Pirates of Silicon Valley" (which also starred Anthony Michael Hall as Bill Gates) and Mark Neveldine (yes, one of the co-directors of the "Crank" movies) played him in the 2001 short film, "Golden Dreams."
Our first choice? Tom Cruise. He's got Jobs' energy and charisma and the same twinkle in his eye. Plus, if you work the lighting just right, they kind of look alike, too.
If the "Mission: Impossible" star is unavailable, the chameleon-like Christian Bale would be interesting in the role. As would Ralph Fiennes. And, come to think of it, Ryan Gosling's not a bad choice, either.
Well, like Sony, we're getting a little ahead of ourselves. But let the speculative iCasting begin nonetheless.
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