David Fincher departs Aaron Sorkin's Steve Jobs biopic

News Simon Brew 15 Apr 2014 - 06:55
David Fincher

Aaron Sorkin is still writing the Steve Jobs biopic. But his The Social Network partner David Fincher doesn't look like he's directing...

The reunion of The Social Network team - writer Aaron Sorkin, producer Scott Rudin and director David Fincher - looks like it's off. The trio were set to reunite to make the mooted biopic of the late Steve Jobs, which Sorkin is adapting from Walter Isaacson's biography of Jobs (which is well worth a read). However, The Hollywood Reporter has broken the news that Fincher is set to walk away from the project.

It seems quite specific as to the reasons why, and that in turn makes us wonder if they really are the main causes for Fincher's apparent departure. According to the report, it's Fincher's "aggressive demands for compensation and control" that have caused the problem. He's said to want a $10m upfront fee, "as well as control over marketing".

He seemed to have significant input on the promotion for his last film, The Girl With The Dragon Tattoo, but the issue here is that Sony wants to structure his deal based on whether the project succeeds or not.

The door is apparently still open should Fincher remain interested. His plan was to cast Christian Bale as Steve Jobs, and we'd imagine that casting hinges on what happens next. It might just be that the project needs a new director though...

The Hollywood Reporter.

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