Sony is reportedly vying for the rights to a film based on Apple co-founder Steve Jobs' written biography.

The book by Walter Isaacson, entitled Steve Jobs, was slated for release on Nov. 21, but its publication was brought forward to Oct. 24 following the iconic former chief executive's death last week.

There are rumors doing rounds that Sony Pictures wants the filmmaking rights to Jobs' story. Social Network, a film focusing on the rise of Facebook and its founder Mark Zuckerberg, and Moneyball, depicting how computer-generated analysis was used to create a baseball club are both Sony Pictures' films.

Simon & Schuster's synopsis says the book, Steve Jobs, is based on more than 40 interviews with Jobs conducted over two years, as well as interviews with more than 100 family members, friends, adversaries, competitors and colleagues.

The synopsis added that Isaacson has written 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.

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 hardcover copy, for $17.88, put the book at No. 1 on Amazon

Rumors also focus on who would play Jobs. Noah Wyle played Steve Jobs in the 1999 film The Pirates of Silicon Valley. Jobs, who was pleased with the portrayal by the actor, invited him to deliver a speech at the Macworld convention dressed as Jobs.

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