David Fincher pulls out of Steve Jobs biopic

Director won't be overseeing film of late Apple founder's life

David Fincher has dropped out of the forthcoming Steve Jobs biopic, according to reports.

It was reported in February of this year that Fincher would team up with The West Wing creator Aaron Sorkin to work on the film. The pair previously worked together on a film which examined the story of another notable technology figure, Facebook founder Mark Zuckerberg, in The Social Network.

However, according to The Hollywood Reporter, Fincher and studio Sony have fallen out over plans for the biopic. In particular, filmmaker Fincher reportedly wanted to be paid a fee of $10 million up front, and also wanted to be handed control over the film’s proposed marketing campaign.

Steve Jobs served as Apple CEO over three decades from 1971 to 2000, before dying in October 2011 of complications arising from pancreatic cancer. Another biopic of his life, simply titled Jobs and starring Ashton Kutcher in the titular role, was released in the US in 2013.