David Fincher, Gary Oldman Team with Netflix for ‘Citizen Kane’ Screenwriter Biopic

Lawrence Kim
July 11, 2019

(His World War Z sequel, for one, appears to be dead.) He's also always been in bed with Netflix, helming the maiden episode of House of Cards and shepherding (and partially directing) the serial killer series Mindhunter. Production on Fincher's new movie gets underway this fall, and no release date has been scheduled yet. Friends, the long drought has come to an end, as Fincher - in his infinite wisdom - is blessing us with a new motion picture.

And now, Oldman has signed on to play the lead in the film Mank, an upcoming biopic about Citizen Kane screenwriter Herman Mankiewicz, Variety reported.

Having written or co-written almost 100 other films, including classics like The Pride of the Yankees, Gentlemen Prefer Blondes, and The Wizard of Oz, he remains best-known for Citizen Kane. Despite the film's critical success, the script was the only part of the film to win an Oscar.

Fincher originally planned for Mank to be his follow-up to The Game, but his commitment to shooting in black and white made it hard to get the film made.

David Fincher's father, Howard "Jack" Fincher, wrote the screenplay (he doesn't have an IMDb page, so I assume this will be his first produced script) and even though we've never heard of this project before, David reportedly wanted to make this as a follow-up to his 1997 movie The Game. Fincher has primarily worked in television since "Gone Girl", partnering with Netflix to direct shows such as "House of Cards", "Mindhunter" and "Love, Death & Robots". And honestly, Mank checks off several boxes for Oscar voters: It's a period film about the film industry, set in the Golden Age; it's a biopic starring Gary Oldman; and it's black and white.

Other reports by Click Lancashire

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