David Fincher No Longer Directing Steve Jobs Biopic

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David Fincher on the set of The Social Network David Fincher No Longer Directing Steve Jobs Biopic

Just a couple months after he first entered talks to direct Sony’s upcoming Steve Jobs biopic, Oscar-nominated director David Fincher has elected to depart the project.

With Fincher’s noted reputation for perfectionism and love of creative control, one might be tempted to assume his exit is due to creative differences with the studio. However, that would be an incorrect assumption in this case, as Fincher is reportedly leaving for primarily financial reasons.

According to THR, Fincher is said to have demanded an upfront payment of $10 million to direct the film, as well as full control over the film’s marketing. Both Fincher’s reps and Sony have declined to make any public comment on the matter, but a source inside Sony reportedly had this to say:

“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.”

The film, based on Walter Isaacson’s acclaimed biography titled Steve Jobs, would have reunited the team behind Sony’s previous Oscar favorite The Social Network. Fincher was slated to direct, Aaron Sorkin to write the script, and producer Scott Rudin to oversee the project from an executive capacity.

Christian Bale in American Hustle David Fincher No Longer Directing Steve Jobs Biopic

While it was never officially agreed to, the rumor mill has long asserted that Fincher wanted American Hustle star Christian Bale to headline Sony’s Jobs biopic, and it’s highly likely that any chance of Bale playing the role left along with Fincher.

One major factor in Sony’s refusal to give Fincher the kind of big money deal he desires is said to be the 2013 failures of high budget blockbusters White House Down and After Earth, which made under $100 million domestically on production budgets of $150 and $130 million respectively.

While both films made decent money overseas, the fact of the matter is that a heavily marketed studio film needs to roughly double its budget to be profitable, and neither accomplished that in theaters.

Steve Jobs David Fincher No Longer Directing Steve Jobs Biopic

A Steve Jobs biopic obviously won’t approach that type of inflated budget number, but Sony is apparently trying to cut costs across the board in 2014, and it seems like Fincher has been caught in the aftermath of that decision.

With Fincher out, it will definitely be interesting to see who Sony deems capable of filling his rather large shoes. If only Steve Jobs were around to come up with a creative solution that no one involved could see coming.


Sony’s Steve Jobs biopic is still in pre-production and has no current release date.

Source: THR

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  1. As much as I like Fincher, $10 million is ridiculous amount for a movie like this.

    • I like Fincher a lot but I would rather have someone directing this film who wants to tell a good story and not worried about their paycheck. Beside he’s a very successful director he shouldn’t have a hard time finding work for his pay grade. His and our loss I suppose.

  2. Kill the guy at Sony who made this decision and bring Fincher & Bale back.

  3. Does Steve Jobs really need 2 movies? Ashton Kutcher didn’t do a terrible job.

    • It’s not about Steve Jobs deserving two movies. It’s about the golden combination of Aaron Sorkin, David Fincher & Christian Bale. No matter the subject matter, you know you’ll get a great movie with these three involved.

      Sure Ashton Kutcher did a good job (pun not intended), but the movie itself was pure crap. And the Jony Ive character in the movie almost felt like a spoof of the real one. Not to mention the utter disservice of Steve Wazniak.

  4. But both ‘White House Down’ and ‘After Earth’ were masterpieces.

    • They weren’t masterpieces, they were the manifestation of Beauty.

  5. Sony is being retarded. WHite House Down and After Earth were both bad movies as well as bad concepts to work with.

    David Fincher is David Fincher. You have to give the guy complete creative control and the money he wants with the actors he feels right working under a script he approves of. That’s what gold-crusted directors are made of.

    Wouldn’t hurt to have a better Jobs biopic. Some of these decisions taken by major studios are just bamboozling.

  6. Honestly I’m fine with this, because I wasn’t excited in the first place to hear that a great director like David Fincher was wasting his talents on making a Steve Jobs movie. Sure the Social Network was amazing, but we already got a Jobs biopic. Even if it wasn’t the best, I really am not in a rush to see another one so soon. Hopefully Fincher will now focus his talents on a better project now. Personally I’d like to see him return to make the Girl with the Dragon Tattoo sequel first, and then go off and do something new again. Either way we have Gone Girl this year, which looks great!

  7. 100 million to After Earth and White House Down, 2 movies that were terrible from script to screen but 10 million to one of the most acclaimed directors today is a no??
    Throw in a box-office draw and Oscar winner as the star and an Emmy & Oscar winner writing the screenplay and you’d think Sony would go above and beyond to get this done.

    Sure, it may seem odd that Fincher wants control over the marketing but his back round is in commercials so the guy knows what he’s doing.
    That’s also why he will go a long time between films and is selective about the scripts he’ll direct. Between films he’ll shoot videos and commercials.

  8. Good. Fincher has much better things to do.