When it comes to extraordinary filmmaking talents they don’t get much bigger than David Fincher, whose career spans some of the greatest films of the last three decades with the like of Se7en, Fight Club, The Social Network and Gone Girl.
Now he’s returning behind the camera with an extremely personal project titled Mank, which will tell the story of famed screenwriter Herman J. Mankiewicz, who penned what many regard as the greatest film of all-time in Citizen Kane, who will be portrayed in Fincher’s film by Academy Award winner Gary Oldman.
Fincher is bringing to life a screenplay written by his own father Jack Fincher before he died in 2003 and with it’s focus on Hollywood, and the subject of filmmaking this film is going to be an extremely poignant, yet grand tale.
A batch of new images have arrived that give a first look at the film and it’s principle characters who include Oldman as Herman J. Mankiewicz, Amanda Seyfried as Marion Davies, Arliss Howard as Louis B. Mayer, Tom Pelphrey as Joseph L. Mankiewicz and Charles Dance as William Randolph Hearst.
Absent from these first images is Tom Burke who will portray Orson Welles, and who is set to be portrayed in a far different light in this film.
Shot in beautiful black and white imagery, Mank is working to capture the nature of the Golden Age of Hollywood, and the studio system that existed within it.
What really is interesting about this film is that it is very much blending the old Hollywood with that of the new as the entire production is being produced by Netflix.
Here’s the official synopsis:
The story centers around the life of Herman J. Mankiewicz (Gary Oldman) as he wrote Citizen Kane, and the problems that arose with Orson Welles during production and leading up to the film’s release.
Mank is sure to be an incredible piece of cinema, and audiences should rush to Netflix immediately when it arrives on the platform later this year.