“Sony Pictures is looking to replace David Fincher as director of its highly anticipated Steve Jobs movie due to his aggressive demands for compensation and control, according to several sources,” Kim Masters reports for The Hollywood Reporter. “The director was negotiating with Sony to reteam with ‘The Social Network’ writer Aaron Sorkin and producer Scott Rudin.”

“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,” Masters reports. “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.'”

Masters reports, “Fincher had wanted Christian Bale to star in the Jobs film, though the actor is not attached to the project”

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MacDailyNews Take: This sounds like part of the Hollywood negotiations process, of which some parts are known to take part in public.

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