Sony Buying Movie Rights to Steve Jobs Biography (AP)

By THE ASSOCIATED PRESS

LOS ANGELES (AP) — Sony Corp.’s movie studio is in final talks to acquire the movie rights to the highly anticipated authorized biography of Apple Inc. co-founder Steve Jobs by Walter Isaacson.

According to a person familiar with the matter, the studio is negotiating to pay about $1 million for the rights to the project.

The person declined to be identified because the deal has not been finalized.

Sony was also behind the Oscar-winning biopic “The Social Network,” about Facebook founder Mark Zuckerberg, and “This Is It,” a documentary made of concert rehearsal footage of pop star Michael Jackson.

The news was earlier reported by Hollywood blog Deadline.com.

After Jobs’ death on Wednesday, publisher Simon & Schuster pushed up the release date on Isaacson’s “Steve Jobs” by a month to Oct. 24.

Large numbers of pre-orders of the digital e-book for $16.99 pushed the title to No. 1 on Apple’s iTunes store and No. 2 on Amazon.com. Pre-orders of the hard cover copy, for $17.88, put the book at No. 1 on Amazon.

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