The accepted wisdom is that our technological past, present, and future owe much to the demanding, innovative brilliance of the recently deceased Steve Jobs. From personal computers to the term “podcast” to the technological aesthetic in J.J. Abrams’ Star Trek, Steve Jobs is basically responsible for the way we live our lives now, whether you’re a devoted Apple consumer or not. I’ve never purchased an Apple product in my life, but I’m well aware that my Droid X wouldn’t be nearly as awesome as it is without the competitive edge that Steve Jobs brought to the entire tech industry.
Which is why it was inevitable that his life story would be churned through the Hollywood factory into a feature length film. If the Facebook kid got a biopic before he could rent a car, it’s only right that the man with the man behind the notes at the end of iPhone users’ emails that let us know how lucky we are that the email we just received was sent from an iPhone would get one, too. But that Sony Pictures (the studio that also released The Social Network) optioned the rights to the as-yet unreleased authorized biography of Jobs, by former TIME editor Walter Isaacson, before he was even cold is a little bit disturbing. Sony obviously made the move to be the first studio with a Steve Jobs motion picture in the works, which means it will be the first to cash-in on his life story; hopefully well before the public grows tired of it. Of course, Simon & Schuster has also moved their book’s release date up nearly a month after Jobs’ death was announced on October 5, from November 21 to October 24.
One could argue that both the book publisher and the movie studio are just giving people what they want, which is to know as much about the man who shaped our contemporary society as possible. Fair enough. Too bad the MythBusters are beating them to the biographical punch, then, for the retail price of relatively $0 (beyond the cost of your cable subscription, anyway). Adam Savage and Jamie Hyneman will host “iGenius: How Steve Jobs Changed the World” this Sunday, October 16, on the Discovery Channel at 8pm/7pm CST. The one-hour documentary special will not only detail his and his company’s contributions, but will also feature interviews with talking heads as diverse as Tom Brokaw, Stevie Wonder, and Pete Wentz.
That’s right — Pete motherfuckin’ Wentz, y’all. So, suck on that apparently-coveted-demographic-bringer, Sony & Schuster! If you’re worried that “iGenius” will cut into the season two premiere of “The Walking Dead” on AMC — fear not! — that doesn’t start until 9/8pm CST. So you can watch both programs, and then feel really awkward when you want to make a Too Soon joke about Steve Jobs and zombies but choose not to because it probably is.*
* Too soon?