Director David Fincher is no longer taking charge of Sony's planned Steve Jobs biopic according to The Hollywood Reporter. The movie, which has been seeking to nail down a director for a while now, had apparently gotten its man in Fincher, but Sony decided to veto the deal after a series of demands from the director that it viewed as excessive. THR reports that Fincher was demanding as much as $10m UP FRONT for his role in the movie's production, coupled with control over how the movie would be marketed, and Sony saw that as overstepping the line.
With Aaron Sorkin already onboard to write the script, many saw Fincher as the ideal director to bring the piece to live, particularly given the duo's hugely successful partnerships in the past, but it wasn't to be, and the hunt is now on for a replacement.
Perhaps it's the best move for Sony who, according to the same report, had faced some strange requests from Fincher during production of The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo, including the creation of one-sheet materials that weren't actually usable for theatrical display, at a cost of hundreds of thousands of dollars.