Sony Pictures are reportedly set to buy the film rights to the authorized biography “Steve Jobs,” and many are now wondering who could play the Apple co-founder, and what the title of the film would be.
The studio, that produced high-speed and high profile movies “This Is It,” with Michael Jackson, and “The Social Network” about Facebook co-founder Mark Zuckerberg, has reportedly agreed to pay as much as $3 million for the book written by former CNN Chairman Walter Isaacson, according to Deadline publication.
Who can best play Jobs, is one of the questions that emerged. Jobs had been played just once before in Martyn Burke’s 1999 television movie “Pirates of Silicon Valley” by Noah Wyle.
In a previous interview with Fortune, Wyle told the magazine about the experience at the time referring to Jobs as the most Shakespearean figure in American culture in the last 50 years:
“I’ve never seen anything like this. I have to play this guy. I was so taken by his presence, his confidence, smugness, smartness, ego, and his story’s trajectory.”
Regarding the title of the film, names such as “iSteve” and “iJobs” have been pointed as options by media reports, referring to Apple’s “i” products such as the iPad, iPhone and iPod.
The book is based on more than 40 interviews with Jobs as well as interviews with family members, friends, adversaries, competitors, and colleagues.
Isaacson described his last visit to Jobs, where he found the visionary in some pain and weak, however “his mind was still sharp and his humor vibrant."
In their final interview at Jobs' home in Palo Alto, California, Steve Jobs revealed that he wanted the book to be written because "I wanted my kids to know me."
"I wasn't always there for them and I wanted them to know why and to understand what I did," Isaacson quoted Jobs as saying.
The book “Steve Jobs” was originally scheduled to release on 21 November, but Simon & Schuster, which is publishing the book, moved up its release date to October 24, after Job’s death last Wednesday.