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question of the day: Is it too soon for a Steve Jobs biopic? Who should play him?

Steve Jobs

It’s not just theoretically inevitable, it’s already in the works. On Friday, just one day after we learned of Steve Jobs’ death, Mike Fleming at Deadline New York had the 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. 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.

So, we’re getting a Steve Jobs biopic whether we like it or not.

Do we like it? Is it too soon for a Steve Jobs biopic? Who should play him?

According to Deadline, Jobs apparently thought Noah Wyle did a fantastic job playing him the 1999 TV movie Pirates of Silicon Valley, but Wyle is probably too old now to play the younger Jobs. So who else is there?

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