David Fincher will no longer helm the high-profile Steve Jobs biopic at Sony Pictures.
Talks between the studio and Fincher have broken down over the filmmaker’s reportedly excessive demands which include a whopping $10 million up front to direct the movie and full control over the project’s marketing.
Fincher could still re-enter negotiations but the up front fee would have to be lowered. A source tells THR: “You’re not doing Transformers here. You’re not doing Captain America. This is quality – it’s not screaming commerciality. He should be rewarded in success but not up front.”
Fincher had major input in the marketing of “The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo” which included spending hundreds of thousands of dollars to produce a series of metal, razor-blade shaped posters that were never seen in theaters.
Word came last month Fincher wanted Christian Bale to play Steve Jobs and would only take the job if Bale was onboard. At present, he is not.
Aaron Sorkin penned the screenplay for this adaptation of Walter Isaacson’s best-selling biography.