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David Fincher exits Sony's Steve Jobs biopic

04.14.2014

Maybe we jumped the gun on our excitement over David Fincher directing an Aaron Sorkin script centered on the life and times of Steve Jobs. Then again, we weren’t holding our breath since Fincher was already giving ultimatums before taking on the job. Now it looks like more issues have forced Fincher out of the biopic.

THR is reporting that the director is looking for $10 million in fees to start along with control over all marketing. Get this—a source close to the studio says that renegotiations could happen but asking for that much up front is “ridiculous,” the added this: “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.”

But if you want quality, then what’s wrong with giving him what he wants? You have the potential for something really great, actually, that you know will be really great but since it’s not a big budget action flick then it doesn’t deserve the same consideration?

Fincher did have a lot of say when it came to the campaigning for GIRL WITH THE DRAGON TATTOO. Apparently Fincher came up with the idea to do these metal, razor blade cutouts for the film that cost hundreds of thousands of dollars but could not be used because of theater policies.

Do you think the issue is purely money here, or could it have more to do with control?

Source: THR

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11:19AM on 04/16/2014

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Fincher need to be spending his time making more original movies like Fight Club and Se7en, and less time making another movie about a corporate CEO.
Fincher need to be spending his time making more original movies like Fight Club and Se7en, and less time making another movie about a corporate CEO.
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3:53PM on 04/15/2014

Pay the man already!

He'll make the most interesting movie on this subject.
He'll make the most interesting movie on this subject.
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12:14PM on 04/15/2014

hmph

Hopefully the bubble has burst for this overrated arseclart. He might be able to demand that kind of money if GWTDT didn't suck sweaty monkey balls!
Hopefully the bubble has burst for this overrated arseclart. He might be able to demand that kind of money if GWTDT didn't suck sweaty monkey balls!
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11:17AM on 04/15/2014

Pay the man already.......

Fincher has an awesome team on this project....possibly Trent Reznor for the score. 10mil is chump change compared to what this film will gross in worldwide release, digital download, etc...
This is what happens when accountants try to run hollywood. It restricts creativity!!
Fincher has an awesome team on this project....possibly Trent Reznor for the score. 10mil is chump change compared to what this film will gross in worldwide release, digital download, etc...
This is what happens when accountants try to run hollywood. It restricts creativity!!
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11:04AM on 04/15/2014

Why is David Fincher still struggling to prove himself to studios?

Niki, you mentioned one idea he had which did not work. What about the awesome teaser trailer for The Girl With The Dragon Tattoo? The great teaser poster with Daniel Craig and Rooney Mara (both the censored and uncensored poster)? The badass opening credits to get anyone hooked. Listen to his commentary, he talks about all his ideas for the film even marketing ideas and remaking Immigrant Song with Karen O.
10 million to Sony is nothing! We're talking an Oscar winning team reuniting for a
Niki, you mentioned one idea he had which did not work. What about the awesome teaser trailer for The Girl With The Dragon Tattoo? The great teaser poster with Daniel Craig and Rooney Mara (both the censored and uncensored poster)? The badass opening credits to get anyone hooked. Listen to his commentary, he talks about all his ideas for the film even marketing ideas and remaking Immigrant Song with Karen O.
10 million to Sony is nothing! We're talking an Oscar winning team reuniting for a bio pic.
Personally, I'm glad Fincher is walking away from a Steve Jobs bio pic. Even though it would probably be a great film, I don't want to see two bio pic films on Jobs released within 2 years or each other.
Sign Fincher up and get The Girl Who Played With Fire going already!
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8:25AM on 04/15/2014

Good news, hopefully the project is canned altogether

After the horrible Jobs movie and just the passing of time, a Steve Jobs movie just isn't needed.
After the horrible Jobs movie and just the passing of time, a Steve Jobs movie just isn't needed.
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2:37AM on 04/15/2014
Thank god... I really wasn't looking forward to this at all. Sure, it would have been great, but still... My problem with Fincher - and I've always loved him - is that the only selling point has been that they are David Fincher movies. For me that is. Like I don't care about a remake to that Swedish movie. What's that? Fincher's doing it? Well now I have to see it! A fuckin' Facebook movie? Could not care less... But again, it turns out to be Fincher and I just have to see it. You know what I
Thank god... I really wasn't looking forward to this at all. Sure, it would have been great, but still... My problem with Fincher - and I've always loved him - is that the only selling point has been that they are David Fincher movies. For me that is. Like I don't care about a remake to that Swedish movie. What's that? Fincher's doing it? Well now I have to see it! A fuckin' Facebook movie? Could not care less... But again, it turns out to be Fincher and I just have to see it. You know what I mean? Like I want to hear a scoop about some interesting movie that totally sounds like something I would watch - then have Fincher's involvement just elevate that. Elevating "interested in seeing into must see" instead of "not interested into oh well might as well."
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12:46AM on 04/15/2014
While I'm a huge fan of Fincher's, he is all about control. His genius is matched by his ego. Granted it's his ship to run, but I've heard horror stories from friends that worked on House of Cards season one. Ten million is extreme, though I'm guessing he didn't want to make it in the first place and either way was win, win for him.
While I'm a huge fan of Fincher's, he is all about control. His genius is matched by his ego. Granted it's his ship to run, but I've heard horror stories from friends that worked on House of Cards season one. Ten million is extreme, though I'm guessing he didn't want to make it in the first place and either way was win, win for him.
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12:35AM on 04/15/2014

Enough already

I'm sorry, I know the guy was a genius and changed all our lives and all but aren't there enough movies on him now? They screwed it up with the Ashton Kutcher one, leave it alone and move on, just re-watch 'Pirates Of Silicon Valley' for crying out loud. Someone talk Fincher into doing the sequel to '...Dragon...'
I'm sorry, I know the guy was a genius and changed all our lives and all but aren't there enough movies on him now? They screwed it up with the Ashton Kutcher one, leave it alone and move on, just re-watch 'Pirates Of Silicon Valley' for crying out loud. Someone talk Fincher into doing the sequel to '...Dragon...'
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12:17AM on 04/15/2014
cool. he should do torso next
cool. he should do torso next
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12:04AM on 04/15/2014

"not screaming commerciality"?

have they heard of steve jobs? or apple?
have they heard of steve jobs? or apple?
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10:51PM on 04/14/2014
Meh. He usually finds great projects, so I'm not concerned about what he does next. If it's not this, it will be another awesome movie.
Meh. He usually finds great projects, so I'm not concerned about what he does next. If it's not this, it will be another awesome movie.
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10:40PM on 04/14/2014
That's too bad. He would have done a terrific job with it. Especially if he was able to get Christian Bale for the lead role.

The man does not make a bad film. My favorite film of his is still Zodiac.
That's too bad. He would have done a terrific job with it. Especially if he was able to get Christian Bale for the lead role.

The man does not make a bad film. My favorite film of his is still Zodiac.
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12:17AM on 04/15/2014
Zodiac is a masterwork. He doesn't get nearly enough recognition for that.
Zodiac is a masterwork. He doesn't get nearly enough recognition for that.
1:35AM on 04/15/2014
Easily his masterpiece.
Easily his masterpiece.
11:19AM on 04/15/2014
Zodiac stands the test of time wonderfully! Fincher is truly a master storyteller. He is always in control of his story, does some amazing camera work, and his dazzle is never over the top and I always look forward to it.
If you loved Zodiac, you should see "Memories of Murder".
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Zodiac stands the test of time wonderfully! Fincher is truly a master storyteller. He is always in control of his story, does some amazing camera work, and his dazzle is never over the top and I always look forward to it.
If you loved Zodiac, you should see "Memories of Murder".
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10:32PM on 04/14/2014

David Fincher is definitely asking too much up front

First off, his reputation likely took a major hit because of GIRL WITH THE DRAGON TATTOO - not that it was bad, but it didn't do well enough to justify a sequel. Given his level of control over it, that's bad news for him.

As rp2011 noted, these movies generally aren't as huge on the $$$ end, and their budgets aren't as lavish. Considering it has a maximum $60 million budget (and they'll need some to pay some marquee actors out of that $$$), Fincher asking $10 million off the top is
First off, his reputation likely took a major hit because of GIRL WITH THE DRAGON TATTOO - not that it was bad, but it didn't do well enough to justify a sequel. Given his level of control over it, that's bad news for him.

As rp2011 noted, these movies generally aren't as huge on the $$$ end, and their budgets aren't as lavish. Considering it has a maximum $60 million budget (and they'll need some to pay some marquee actors out of that $$$), Fincher asking $10 million off the top is excessive.
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10:25PM on 04/14/2014
These types of movies do not usually make huge amounts of money regardless of how many awards nominations they may receive. The audience is limited and Sony is absolutely correct in not giving any director or star huge salaries. Big name directors and stars usually work on these type of films out of respect for the subject, work for scale and take a back-end deal on profits.
This film would be lucky to make the money of The Social Network, and the budget for that was only 40 mil
These types of movies do not usually make huge amounts of money regardless of how many awards nominations they may receive. The audience is limited and Sony is absolutely correct in not giving any director or star huge salaries. Big name directors and stars usually work on these type of films out of respect for the subject, work for scale and take a back-end deal on profits.
This film would be lucky to make the money of The Social Network, and the budget for that was only 40 mil
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