EXCLUSIVE: 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.
但这部传记片将由Management 360公司制作,影片制作合作伙伴为戈登和Management 360公司其中之一.ICM代表艾萨克森和戈登。索尼并未对此消息发表任何评论。

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 upto 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.
这是一部将在好莱坞大卖的传纪电影。【好莱坞会为Steve Jobs传记片安排档期吗?】这本448页书中收录了苹果共同创始人的40多次采访、超过100段他与家人、朋友、同事和竞争对手的对话内容。

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.
起初书名为iSteve:乔布斯传记,艾萨克森考虑再三:作为第一部获得乔布斯允许和合作的传纪,什么样的标题才是最合适的。本书在还未完成之时已经跻身亚马逊畅销书排行榜前五十。艾萨克森最终说服了他的出版商Simon & Schuster将书名简化为Steve Jobs。原计划2012年出版,如今出版日期已被提前。

Jobs reportedly fought off a long list of would-be biographers over the years then chose Isaacson, who’s written about Henry Kissinger, Benjamin Franklin and Albert Einstein. Jobs himself said he had no skeletons in his closet, though there were things he’d done he wasn’t proud of. But he was touchy about his personal life, understandably.

According to Fortune magazine, in the early 1980s Jobs invited Michael Moritz, then Time‘s Silicon Valley reporter, to chronicle the Mac’s creation for the book that became The Little Kingdom (1984). But when Moritz reported, in Time‘s 1983 Machine of the Year, a detail about Jobs’ family, access was abruptly cut off.
根据《财富》杂志资料,20世纪80年代早期乔布斯曾邀请Michael Moritz(那时的《时代》杂志在硅谷的报道员)将Mac的发明记录成书,这就是后来的《小王国》(1984)。但当1983年Moritz在《时代》杂志报道有关乔布斯家庭生活的细节后,这样的渠道突然被掐断。

At the time of Jobs’ death, only one movie had ever chronicled his rise to tech titan: Pirates Of Silicon Valley, a semi-humorous docudrama about the two visionaries behind Microsoft and Apple based on the book Fire In The Valley: The Making of The Personal Computer by Paul Freiberger & Michael Swaine. Shown on TNT in 1999, the telefilm starred Anthony Michael Hall as Bill Gates and Noah Wyle as Jobs.
乔布斯死后,只有一部电影曾经把他科技巨人的崛起载入史册,那就是《硅谷传奇》。根据保罗·弗赖伯格(Paul Freiberger)和迈克尔·斯韦因(Michael Swaine)有关个人电脑诞生的《硅谷之火》改编,讲述微软和苹果背后的两大传奇的半幽默影片。1999年在TNT电视台播出,电视影片中 Anthony Michael Hall饰演比尔盖茨,Noah Wyle饰演乔布斯。

Reportedly, Jobs thought the ER actor did a fantastic job donning the turtleneck. And, during the Macworld NY in July 1999, Jobs had Wyle come out dressed like him to start the keynote. TNT re-aired Pirates back-to-back on Thursday night in tribute.