Cinema's taken a while to get to grips with modern technologies. Science fiction, naturally, has no problem but for dramatic realism, the flickering screen of a computer monitor or a heartbreaking text can look fairly god-awful up there on the big screen. Perhaps the men who've gotten the most out of flickering computer screens are David Fincher and Jeff Cronenweth; his favourite DP.
There may have been something of the fantastical about Rooney Mara's cyberpunk detective in The Girl with that Dragon Tattoo but Fincher's Social Network was most certainly grounded in reality, if not necessarily in fact. Sony produced both those films so it made perfect sense- and also sounded quite promising- to hear Fincher was being eyed for their upcoming Steve Jobs biopic.
Social Network scribe Aaron Sorkin was already on board and Fincher was allegedly shaping up Christian Bale for the role but today THR reports that the director has suddenly lost interest, we wonder why...
Fincher is said to be seeking a hefty $10 million up front in fees, as well as control over marketing, in negotiations with the studio. Sony allowed him considerable input into the marketing of the 2011 film The Girl With the Dragon Tattoo, including honoring his request to use the tagline "The feel bad movie of Christmas" in its campaign. A source says Fincher also had the studio create metal, razor-blade-shaped one-sheet materials for the film that cost hundreds of thousands of dollars to produce but were not suitable for display in theaters.
A studio source also stated:
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.
You can't really blame them. The Social Network bagged some Oscars and was a bit of a smash but The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo disappointed. Perhaps he could drop the marketing requests, those razors do sound quite mental.
Whatever the case it will be a shame to lose him. His gloomy, super slick aesthetic would have been the perfect palette cleanser for that other Jobs effort...
How do y'all feel about it? Was he asking so much? Let us know below.
Sony's Steve Jobs bio stays in pre-production for now