David Fincher drops out of Steve Jobs biopic

Sony balks at $10 million fee

Sony will look to replace David Fincher as director of its forthcoming Steve Jobs biopic, after failing to reach an agreement over fees.

Fincher and Sony have enjoyed a good working relationship of late, having collaborated together on The Social Network and The Girl With The Dragon Tattoo, but the studio has reportedly drawn the line at the director's demands on this latest project.

According to THR, Fincher was demanding a fee of $10 million up front, as well as considerable control over the film's proposed marketing campaign.

The project would have seen Fincher reunite with The Social Network screenwriter Aaron Sorkin, with their last outing together having made Sony some $225 million back in 2010.

Christian Bale had been thought to be Fincher's first choice to star as the Apple genius, although it is unclear whether Sony will still pursue him in the director's absence.

Should Sony meet Fincher's demands? Tell us, below!


    • NickyC

      Apr 15th 2014, 9:37

      Yes, they should have. David Fincher, Aaron Sorkin and Christian Bale could make a pie together and I'd want a slice. Sorkin's excellent, but it was the TRIO of those guys working together that I was interested in, more so than the subject matter if I'm honest. Sony just lost my money ... and I dare say a few other people's too.

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    • QuietLife

      Apr 15th 2014, 12:08

      @NickyC I agree entirely. The subject matter is of little interest (as per Social Network). However I feel that Fincher & Sorkin reuniting would have given us something fantastic. I guess that this project will either fester in the archives or be rushed out badly, leaving us with nothing more than another Ashton Kutcher debacle.

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    • Ali1748

      Apr 15th 2014, 15:10

      As much as I respect and admire Fincher I don't think he's really in any position to demand a fee like that. Spielberg, Nolan , Jackson, Scorsese etc probably could because of their Oscars and box office hauls. One studio who should cough up the dough for Fincher's talents is Warner Bros, imagine a Fincher + Affleck Batman movie, mother of god. It'll never happen though.

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    • GarthMarenghi

      Apr 15th 2014, 15:47

      I'm assuming that's his usual fee - and that this was more about control than money.(He's a great director who has made many classy films - it's the prestige he'll be paid for, not the box office.) What's funniest about all this is that the Hollywood Reporter says the studio declined to comment. Why would they comment when the entire article is obviously something they leaked to a trade publication in order to bully and shame Fincher publicly? They're using the press to negotiate.

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