David Fincher leaves Steve Jobs film over fee disagreement

By Kyle Johnson,

Sony Pictures will need to find a new director for its Steve Jobs film since Gone Girl director David Fincher pulled out of the project during negotiations.

According to The Hollywood Reporter, who first learned the news, Fincher left after the studio didn't want to meet his demands.

Fincher was reportedly seeking $10 million up front as well as marketing control. The studio previously let him have marketing control for The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo. He was the one who had the tagline "The Feel Bad Movie of Christmas" used on promotional material. The director also cost Sony hundreds of thousands of dollars after his idea to create one-sheet materials shaped like razor blades wasn't usable at theaters.

The source told THR that though Fincher could return to the negotiating table, the fee is "ridiculous." They added, "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."

As previously reported, Fincher was in early talks back in February to helm the film. If he had signed on, it would have reteamed him with writer Aaron Sorkin. The two previously worked together on The Social Network.

The Jobs film was adapted from Steve Jobs, an authorized biography written by Walter Isaacson back in 2011. The Newsroom scribe was chosen to write the script back in 2012.

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