After 5 years away from making motion pictures, director David Fincher has lastly lined up his subsequent function movie. After flirting with Paramount’s World Struggle Z 2 just for that challenge to finally disintegrate, Fincher is now heading to Netflix to direct a biopic of Herman J. Mankiewicz, the co-writer of movies like Citizen Kane and an uncredited author on The Wizard of Oz. Gary Oldman (The Darkish Knight) will star, and Fincher’s personal father wrote the screenplay. Right here’s what we all know concerning the new movie.
The Hollywood Reporter broke the information that Fincher will subsequent direct Mank, a biopic of Herman Mankiewicz, a one-time newspaperman who later racked up over 90 Hollywood writing credit and “had an outsized affect within the Golden Age of Hollywood.” Gary Oldman, following his Oscar-winning flip as Winston Churchill in one other biopic, The Darkest Hour, will play Mankiewicz. (“Mank” was his nickname, therefore the movie’s title.) The movie might be shot in black and white to maintain with “the basic Hollywood vibe,” in accordance with THR.
David Fincher’s father, Howard “Jack“ Fincher, wrote the screenplay (he doesn’t have an IMDb web page, so I assume this might be his first produced script) and though we’ve by no means heard of this challenge earlier than, David reportedly needed to make this as a follow-up to his 1997 film The Sport. I think about a movie like this is perhaps a tricky promote at a standard studio within the present movie surroundings, however Fincher has such a decent relationship with Netflix that it looks as if a no brainer that he’d make a function for them. He set the tone for the streaming service’s first main authentic sequence Home of Playing cards by directing the primary two episodes, and extra just lately, he govt produced Netflix’s NSFW animated sequence Love, Dying & Robots.
Mankiewicz co-wrote Citizen Kane with Orson Welles; each received an Oscar for his or her work, though Welles famously tried to wrestle credit score away from Mank for his contributions, as depicted in an episode of Comedy Central’s Drunk Historical past.
Appears like one other likelihood for Oldman to play one other actual particular person (the Academy clearly loves that), in addition to a possible alternative for Netflix themselves so as to add to their Oscar rely. Manufacturing on Fincher’s new film will get underway this fall, and no launch date has been scheduled but.