Biography, Movie, Product Upgrades Are Steve Jobs' 'One More Thing'
Even in death, Steve Jobs is able to offer "one more thing" -- the hand-off phrase that he made popular, almost always leading to some new thing that was way beyond being just one more. The "one more things" for the post-Steve Jobs world reportedly include a biographical movie and a roadmap for new Apple products.
According to rumors, Sony Pictures is negotiating for a seven-figure purchase of the movie rights to the coming authorized biography, "Steve Jobs." The new book, whose release was moved up from November to this month following the Apple co-founder's passing, was written by Walter Isaacson, former chairman of CNN and ex-managing editor for Time magazine. Isaacson's previous biographies include ones on Benjamin Franklin and Albert Einstein.
Immediately following Jobs' death, the as-yet-unpublished book shot from 437th to first on Amazon's bestseller list, based on pre-orders.
According to the publisher, Simon & Schuster, the book presents "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."
The book is based on more than 40 interviews with Jobs and over 100 conversations with family members, friends, and colleagues. It's the first book on the legendary CEO that had his cooperation. The movie reportedly would be produced by Mark Gordon, whose other films include "Saving Private Ryan," "The Day After Tomorrow," "Source Code" and "2012."
Simon & Schuster said Jobs had neither control over what Isaacson wrote, nor even the right to read it prior to publication.
According to the Daily Mail in the U.K., Jobs also prepared a variety of plans for products for Apple to pursue after he was gone. These included new versions of the key Apple products -- the Mac, iPhone, iPad and iPod. The newspaper, quoting unnamed sources, said the plans lay out at least four years' worth of upgrades and new models for those lines.
The Next Steve Jobs
Even as his health deteriorated, Jobs also was heavily involved in plans for the new Apple headquarters in Cupertino. The new 3.1-million-square-foot circular design, which has been described as resembling a spaceship, was presented to the City Council in June, and Jobs attended the hearing in support of the project.
Meanwhile, in an "insanely great" move that the original Steve Jobs might have appreciated, satirical publication The Onion has reported that Apple CEO Tim Cook will soon announce the launch next year of Steve Jobs 2, "an updated version of the revolutionary Apple founder featuring a richer, deeper voice and a sleek new white turtleneck."
According to the Onion's unnamed sources, the new model will come with such new features as curly hair, an "upgraded design sense, and nicer pants." In other news, The Onion said Microsoft, not to be outdone, would soon offer a Bill Gates XE model.