David Fincher passes on directing Steve Jobs biopic

david-fincher-steve-jobs-sliceWhile the immediate attention is focused on Gone Girl for director David Fincher (especially with the first trailer for the film which just debuted…see it here if you haven’t yet), hopes were also high that he might wind up teaming once again with scribe Aaron Sorkin for the biopic of Steve Jobs that Sorkin was writing. Rumors had even swirled around Christian Bale taking on the title role, but it looks like none of that will come to pass. Fincher has apparently passed on the gig, purportedly after a disagreement with Sony about compensation. Fincher might have another project he’s more interested in, but regardless of that, this biopic will press on. Sorkin’s script is obviously a hot commoeditiy, and I’ve actually heard a rumor that Bennett Miller could be next in line for being wooed, though there’s nothing official to mention there at all. Time will tell there, but you can see more about this development below…

Here’s the story from Variety:

After showing early interest in the project, sources tell Variety that David Fincher will not direct “Jobs,” Sony’s biopic on Steve Jobs.

Fincher was never officially attached to the project, which would have reteamed him with “The Social Network” scribe Aaron Sorkin and producer Scott Rudin, but had met with Sony after the studio tapped him as its top choice to direct the pic. At that point, insiders said Fincher was weighing a handful of other projects and had never fully committed to directing.

The film is based on the Walter Isaacson biography “Steve Jobs,” to which Sony acquired the rights following the Apple mogul’s death in 2011. Sorkin finished the script earlier this year and has said that it is divided into three long scenes, each taking place backstage before one of the company’s infamous product launches.

Guymon Casady and Mark Gordon are also on board as producers.

Fincher is currently in post-production on the Fox adaptation of Gillian Flynn’s popular “Gone Girl” novel.

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