The all-star creative team behind The Social Network that was planning to reunite for a Steve Jobs bio might have to reboot. Producer Scott Rudin, director David Fincher, and screenwriter Aaron Sorkin were planning to adapt Walter Isaacson’s bestselling 2011 biography for Sony, but according to the Hollywood Reporter, Fincher and the studio are at odds over his demands for a $10 million upfront fee and control of the film’s marketing.
Neither Sony nor Fincher’s reps commented, but it’s worth noting that Monday’s report — which proclaims that Fincher is out — doesn’t mean that negotiations are completely finished. Fincher’s price tag might simply be more than Sony is currently willing to pay, so they could pursue other directors — since no deal with the Gone Girl director was ever in place — or they might come back around to Fincher at more favorable terms.
Sorkin has turned in a script, and Fincher had reportedly eyed Christian Bale for Jobs — though no actor is attached to the project.
In 2010, the trio of Rudin/Fincher/Sorkin collaborated to make The Social Network, which was nominated for eight Academy Awards and grossed $97 million.