David Fincher Backs Out Of Directing Steve Jobs Movie For Sony

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David Fincher, who was previously rumored to direct Sony’s movie about Steve Jobs, is now out of the picture. According to The Hollywood Reporter, Fincher and Sony have parted ways due to disagreements over “compensation and control.”

And if Fincher is out, that means his top pick to play Jobs, Christian Bale, will probably not be involved with the project either.

Sony’s movie is based on Walter Isaacson’s official biography of Jobs and scripted by Oscar-winning writer Aaron Sorkin. It was reported that Fincher was interested in the project a couple of months ago. He really wanted Christian Bale to play the role of Jobs, but Bale has never been officially tied to the project in any way.

The Oscar-nominated director reportedly wanted $10 million in fees up front and control over marketing. Sony wasn’t down to play hardball. The Hollywood Reporter notes that Fincher may resume talks with Sony again at some point, but the chances seem slim.

A source with ties to the studio says Fincher potentially could re-enter negotiations but that the fee he is seeking is “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.”

Without a director and cast, it will probably be quite awhile before we see Sony’s biopic on the silver screen.

  • digitaldumdum

    “And if Fincher is out, that means his top pick to play Jobs, Christian Bale, will probably not be involved with the project either.”

    Thank God. Bale would be a horrible choice. Bale is a good actor, certainly, but not the be-all and end-all of actors some imagine him to be. More to my point (as I previously stated on CofM, and with bias), I don’t think an American director making a film about an American icon of the stature of Steve Jobs needs to seek out British actors. There are plenty of fine actors on these shores.

    American-born and raised entrepreneur Steve Jobs, who grew his American-born company from his garage into a global, social and technological game-changeing juggernaut, should be played by an American. This is not jingoism on my part, but rather a point of respect for the man and his company. Besides, there are plenty of British historical figures Bale can have a crack before portraying more our uniquely American heroes.

    • PMB01

      Or they can pick him based on the fact he’s a good actor and not care about where he comes from. You’re the only one who cares about his nationality so just shut up.

      • Guest

        Whatever.

      • PMB01

        No one cares what the “film trades” have to say. Consumers (the ones actually going to see movies) certainly couldn’t care less whether an actor is British or Aztec. Your “respect” is misplaced. The only respect that needs to be given here is finding someone who doesn’t have to have a major makeover to like Steve Jobs. Don’t press your jingoistic opinion on to others as fact when they clearly don’t care. Also, let actors act, dumbass.

      • Guest

        Whatever.

      • PMB01

        Thank you for confirming how much of an ignorant jackass you are.

    • takeoffthetinfoilhat

      Holy crap the digital idiot still exists…. LOL Like my new hat? its in honor of you being an asshat

      • digitaldumdum

        You are so clever, “tinfoil.” No really. It takes, like… a lot of creative process to like… find, copy and paste that photo into your profile, and then, like,,, use it poke people. By the time you get out of the 8th grade, you’re gonna be like… one cool kid!

        Now go play, and let the grownups talk.

      • takeoffthetinfoilhat

        Really? That is the best you could do? Very disappointing digital idiot.. Peace out.

      • digitaldumdum

        Apparently, here’s how young you are:

        1. You completely miss the reference to “dumdum” in my handle, imagining it somehow relates to lack of knowledge.

        2. The term “Peace out” is out of place in your response. It’s obviously something you heard, and are trying to make fit for reasons unknown.

        3. The point of this whole thread, if you’re keeping up, is that you simply don’t agree that Christian Bale would have been a poor choice to play Steve Jobs. The fact that he is no longer in contention for the part should be proof enough that others of a more reasoned opinion agree.

        4. As to “the best I can do”, your poor netiquette doesn’t deserve it.

        Over, and out.

  • Guest

    Bale never did seem right to me. i never saw the resemblance. The voice and personality is nothing a like either.

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