According to The Hollywood Reporter, David Ficher’s demands for his $10 million fee upfront and control over marketing (something which backfired for Sony on The Girl With The Dragon Tattoo when they reportedly lost hundreds of thousands of dollars on metal, razor-blade-shaped one-sheets which couldn’t be used in cinemas) led to him parting ways with the project.
While sources tell the site that the director could still potentially re-enter negotiations down the line, they also state that David Fincher’s demands are “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 up front.”
It was believed that the filmmaker behind Fight Club and Se7en wanted Christian Bale for the role of Steve Jobs, but as The Dark Knight Trilogy star was never in talks, it’s unknown what his involvement with the movie is at this time.
This Steve Jobs movie is based on Walter Isaacson’s critically acclaimed bestselling biography, and would have reunited the team behind The Social Network, a film which grossed $225 million worldwide in 2010 and received serious awards attention.