Oscar-winning filmmaker David Fincher has walked out on Aaron Sorkin's biopic of late Apple founder Steve Jobs after Sony Pictures turned down his "aggressive" demands for a $10 million pay-day as well as control of the marketing of the movie, according to the Hollywood Reporter.
David Fincher Has Apparently Left The Steve Jobs Movie
It was believed that Fincher had joined the as-yet untitled drama after working with Sorkin on the Facebook movie The Social Network, though a source said Fincher's salary demands were "ridiculous."
"You're not doing Transformers here," said the insider, "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 reportedly agreed to work on the project on the proviso that Christian Bale play Jobs, though the Oscar-winning actor has set to sign on the dotted line. Sorkin - who remains on-board as screenwriter - has been working on an unusual structure for the biopic, which will be told in three single-take scenes, each one following a major Apple product launch.
Aaron Sorkin Is Penning the Jobs Movie
It is the second Steve Jobs movie following the Apple founder's death in 2011. In 2011, Ashton Kutcher played the tech genius in the critically derided Jobs - a traditional biopic which grossed a modest $35 million at the global box office.
Fincher's The Social Network took $225 million in 2010, while his English-language adaptation of Stieg Larsson's crime novel The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo took $235 million.
At this moment in time, Fincher has little on his schedule, apart from executive producing Leslie Dektor's untitled project about the life of a photo journalist who documented the plight of migrant farm workers during the Great Depression and whose photographer inspired John Steinbeck's The Grapes of Wrath.