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    Default David Fincher won't be Directing Steve Jobs Biopic

    Reports released recently, announced that director David Fincher will not reteam with screenwriter Aaron Sorkin for the upcoming Steve Jobs biopic by Sony. Fincher worked with Sorkin and producer Scott Rudin on Academy Award winning film “The Social Network,” which talked about Mark Zuckerberg and the making of Facebook. The Hollywood Reporter claimed that Fincher backed out after he asked for $10 million in up front compensation and was rejected for full control over marketing.

    One source said in regards to Fincher’s demands,

    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.
    Other reports back in March claimed that the director made demands of only signing the contract if Christian Bale of ‘Batman’ agreed to portray Jobs. Some of Fincher’s work that were critically acclaimed include “Fight Club,” “Se7en,” and “The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo.” Sources have said that Sony may be hesitant on giving marketing control over the biopic after his marketing debacle with the “Dragon Tattoo” film. Although it is uncertain at the time how Sony will respond to Fincher’s request for up front fees, the director may be back for negotiation at a later date.

    Source: The Hollywood Reporter

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    Only a fool would take a back-end cut from a Hollywood studio. Especially from net profit rather than gross profit. They practice "creative" bookkeeping in ways the Mafia wouldn't dream of. He's a good director, and probably wants to be paid commensurately for those skills. As to marketing rights? Maybe he wants control over the action figures (little Jobs and Wozniak figures! Hours of fun in your living room!), or figures he can sell the picture better than the marketing dept.

    In any event, who cares? If you REALLY need to see a biopic of Steve Jobs, perhaps some therapy is called for.

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