Walter Isaacson‘s biography of late Apple co-founder Steve Jobs hasn’t been released yet, but Sony Pictures is already trying to turn the text into a feature film.
According to Deadline, the studio is haggling to obtain rights to the 656 page tome, with the deal being “$1 million against $3 million.”
Isaacson’s written the first bio of Jobs that had his cooperation, and he conducted more than 40 interviews with the former Apple CEO as well as more than 100 talks with his friends, family and colleagues. He’s previously penned biographies of Albert Einstein and Benjamin Franklin.
Sony Pictures, which adapted movies such as “The Social Network” and “Moneyball” from their original books, declined to comment.
Isaacson’s “Steve Jobs” was already highly anticipated, and the book’s publisher Simon & Schuster pushed up the biography’s release date from November 21 to October 24 following Jobs’ death last Wednesday.
The publishing house has promised “a riveting story of the roller-coaster life and searingly intense personality of a creative entrepreneur whose passion for perfection and ferocious drive revolutionized six industries: personal computers, animated movies, music, phones, tablet computing and digital publishing.”
Steve Jobs, the visionary in the black turtleneck who co-founded Apple in a Silicon Valley garage, built it into the world’s leading tech company and led a mobile-computing revolution with wildly popular devices such as the iPhone, died Wednesday. He was 56.
The hard-driving executive pioneered the concept of the personal computer and of navigating them by clicking onscreen images with a mouse. In more recent years, he introduced the iPod portable music player, the iPhone and the iPad tablet — all of which changed how we consume content in the digital age.
His friends and Apple fans on Wednesday night mourned the passing of a tech titan.
“Steve’s brilliance, passion and energy were the source of countless innovations that enrich and improve all of our lives,” Apple said in a statement. “The world is immeasurably better because of Steve.”
More than one pundit, praising Jobs’ ability to transform entire industries with his inventions, called him a modern-day Leonardo Da Vinci.
“Steve Jobs is one of the great innovators in the history of modern capitalism,” New York Times columnist Joe Nocera said in August. “His intuition has been phenomenal over the years.”
Jobs’ death, while dreaded by Apple’s legions of fans, was not unexpected. He had battled cancer for years, took a medical leave from Apple in January and stepped down as chief executive in August because he could “no longer meet (his) duties and expectations.”
Born February 24, 1955, and then adopted, Jobs grew up in Cupertino, California — which would become home to Apple’s headquarters — and showed an early interest in electronics. As a teenager, he phoned William Hewlett, president of Hewlett-Packard, to request parts for a school project. He got them, along with an offer of a summer job at HP.
Steve Jobs, who co-founded Apple (AAPL) in 1976, was ousted in 1985 and returned in 1996 to build it into the world’s most valuable technology company, resigned Wednesday as CEO. He will remain as chairman of the board.
Most Apple watchers had assumed when Jobs took an open-ended medical leave in January that he would not be coming back as a full-time chief executive. But that didn’t stop Wall Street from punishing the stock when the news broke. Having closed the day at $376.18, up $2.58 (0.69%), Apple fell nearly $20 (5.22%) in after-hours trading.
Jobs’ letter to the board and his fellow employees did not mention his health problems, but that was the clear subtext.
“I have always said if there ever came a day when I could no longer meet my duties and expectations as Apple’s CEO, I would be the first to let you know,” he wrote. “Unfortunately, that day has come.”
Ironically, Jobs has been feeling a bit better lately — good enough to make regular visits to the office.
But he spent most of the day closeted with his board of directors, and for reasons that are still not clear it was decided that the day had come to make the long-expected announcement.
The recommendation that Tim Cook be named CEO is just a formality. As chief operating officer, Cook has been running the company for some time. (See The Genius Behind Steve Jobs.) [Update: Apple has confirmed that Cook is the new CEO.]
Below: The full text of Steve Jobs’ letter of resignation.
August 24, 2011 – To the Apple Board of Directors and the Apple Community:
I have always said if there ever came a day when I could no longer meet my duties and expectations as Apple’s CEO, I would be the first to let you know. Unfortunately, that day has come.
I hereby resign as CEO of Apple. I would like to serve, if the Board sees fit, as Chairman of the Board, director and Apple employee.
As far as my successor goes, I strongly recommend that we execute our succession plan and name Tim Cook as CEO of Apple.
I believe Apple’s brightest and most innovative days are ahead of it. And I look forward to watching and contributing to its success in a new role.
I have made some of the best friends of my life at Apple, and I thank you all for the many years of being able to work alongside you.