Sony Pictures has reportedly paid $1 million for the rights to produce Steve Jobs’ biopic, after the Apple founder died earlier this month.
Former Time Magazine managing editor Walter Isaacson wrote the original biography, which was sourced from interviews with Jobs, his family, and others that knew him.
Tributes have poured in for the former Apple CEO, though open source advocate and founder of the ‘free software movement’ Richard Stallman has also made headlines for his dissenting comments.
He said on his blog:
“Steve Jobs, the pioneer of the computer as a jail made cool, designed to sever fools from their freedom, has died.
As Chicago Mayor Harold Washington said of the corrupt former Mayor Daley, "I’m not glad he’s dead, but I’m glad he’s gone." Nobody deserves to have to die – not Jobs, not Mr. Bill, not even people guilty of bigger evils than theirs. But we all deserve the end of Jobs’ malign influence on people’s computing.
Unfortunately, that influence continues despite his absence. We can only hope his successors, as they attempt to carry on his legacy, will be less effective.”