Disappointing film fans everywhere, reports today suggest that David Fincher may not direct the mooted Steve Jobs biopic after all. AppleInsider writes that the director of such hit titles as Se7en, The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo, Fight Club and, notably, The Social Network is no longer considering working on the film.
While never formally attached to the project – which will be based upon Walter Isaacson’s best-selling biography of Apple’s late co-founder – Fincher had been in talks with Sony Pictures. It would have seen him reunite with his creative colleagues from The Social Network, producer Scott Rudin and writer Aaron Sorkin.
The Hollywood Reporter has claimed that the source of contention was Fincher’s demand for US$10 million in upfront fees. An anonymous “source with ties to the studio” told the Reporter that Fincher isn’t definitely out for good, but that the fee he was asking for was “ridiculous”, adding, “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 upfront.”
Meanwhile other “insiders” told another entertainment bible, Variety, that Fincher was weighing up other possible projects and had never fully committed to directing the Jobs film, although last month he said that he would only be interested if Christian Bale was signed to play Steve Jobs.
Sorkin’s screenplay differs from last year’s film about Jobs (starring Ashton Kutcher) in that it is split into three long scenes, each taking place backstage just before one Apple’s famed product launches.
As well as Rudin, Guymon Casady and Mark Gordon have been named as producers on the project.
Fincher, meanwhile, is currently wrapping up post-production on his latest film, Gone Girl – an adaptation of the popular novel by Gillian Flynn, starring Ben Affleck and Rosamund Pike. The film is due to be released in the US in early October.