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'Steve Jobs' biopic director, David Fincher, said to be out

Sony is reportedly on the search for a new director after “The Social Network” director was said to have asked for $10 million up front and complete marketing control.

David Fincher reportedly wanted Christian Bale to play the role of Steve Jobs. Warner Bros and Apple

Director David Fincher, writer Aaron Sorkin, and producer Scott Rudin -- of "The Social Network" fame -- reportedly teamed up to create Sony Pictures' biopic of Steve Jobs. But this tech movie dream trio appears to have fizzled, according to The Hollywood Reporter.

After Fincher asked for $10 million up front in compensation and control over the movie's marketing, Sony has reportedly begun looking to replace him as director.

In 2012, Sony announced that Academy Award-winner Sorkin agreed to write the screenplay based on Walter Isaacson's best-selling biography "Steve Jobs." Then, more recently, there had been chatter that Fincher would come on as director and Rudin as a producer.

A couple of years ago, it was said Sony was looking to get George Clooney or Noah Wyle to play the role of Jobs. More recently, however, it was looking like Christian Bale -- of "The Dark Knight" and "American Hustle" -- would play the role. A report last month noted that Fincher said he would only do the film if Bale signed on as lead.

While it's possible that Fincher could still strike a deal with Sony, it's likely he'll have to adjust his compensation requests, according to The Hollywood Reporter.

A source familiar with the matter told the news source, "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."