David Fincher likely won't direct the upcoming film about the late Apple founder Steve Jobs after Sony Pictures turned down Fincher's supposed "aggressive" demands for $10 million upfront and control of marketing of the movie, according to the Hollywood Reporter.

Fincher was the front-runner to direct the as-yet untitled drama, which Aaron Sorkin adapted from the official Jobs biography by Walter Isaacson. Sorkin and Fincher worked together on the Oscar-winning 2010 film "The Social Network," about the founding of Facebook.

A source with ties to the studio told the Hollywood Reporter that Fincher wasn't totally out of the running, but his demands were "ridiculous."

"You're not doing Transformers here. You're not doing Captain America," the source reportedly said. "This is quality -- it's not screaming commerciality. He should be rewarded in success, but not up front."

Right. I'll do it for half that.

"The Social Network" did $225 million worldwide in 2010 and earned Sorkin an Oscar for best adapted screenplay. Fincher's next film, "The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo," had even higher expectations, but ended up earning about $235 million, according to TheGuardian.com.

Fincher wanted Christian Bale to play Jobs. Sorkin, who is still as screenwriter, reportedly said he wanted three single-take scenes, each one following a major Apple product launch.


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Apple must've been salivating at that notion.

Fincher didn't time his demands very well. According to the Guardian, financial trouble has Sony leaning toward diverting resources from its film to its television division.

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