It was recently announced that David Fincher’s first directorial feature since Gone Girl (2014) will be a film titled Mank. The film will follow screenwriter Herman J. Mankiewicz as he struggles to develop the screenplay for the 1941 film Citizen Kane with Orson Welles.
The film is based on a script by Fincher’s late father, Jack, who penned Mank prior to his death in 2003. Gary Oldman is currently set to star as Mankiewicz and the film will be released by Netflix sometime in 2020. Fincher has been trying to get the film made since 1997 but production on the film was stalled as studios didn’t agree with the idea of him shooting in Citizen Kane-inspired black-and-white. The film, however, will now be shot in black-and-white, with production scheduled to begin in November of this year.
Citizen Kane is considered one of the greatest films of all time and was nominated for nine Academy Awards but winning only one for Best Original Screenplay for Mankiewicz and Welles. It was also Orson Welles’ first feature film.
In 2020, many ensemble films will be released and, with the upcoming Tenet from Christopher Nolan, Denis Villeneuve’s Dune remake, Bond 25 — No Time To Die is the recently announced title — and Marvel’s The Eternals, Mank looks set to compete against some pretty incredible competition for ensemble of the year.
While the cast lists for the other films have already been announced and only Gary Oldman is currently attached to Mank, Fincher’s film has an advantage of being a biopic of a man who penned one of the greatest and most seminal films of all time. Films about Hollywood and the filmmaking process are always intriguing, especially when it’s a genius making a film about another genius.
Fincher’s return in the director’s chair has been hotly anticipated and, tied with Oldman’s recent Best Actor win for Darkest Hour, Mank will surely be another stunner in the director’s impressive filmography.