While the summer movie season has been a total bust thanks to COVID-19, some good news came out today. Netflix is releasing the new David Fincher movie, Mank on December 4th. According to Collider, the film is about "the true story behind the making of Citizen Kane, chronicling the relationship between groundbreaking filmmaker/star Orson Welles and the film’s screenwriter Herman J. Mankiewicz. Debates have swirled for years over whether Kane was Welles’ vision or Mankiewicz’s."
Eric Roth worked with Fincher on the story and wrote the screenplay. Roth is known for Forrest Gump and The Curious Case of Benjamin Button among many other movies.
Roth recently appeared on the Pardon My Take podcast (via The Film Stage). We know it will be in black and white and that Fincher will be working with his Mindhunter cinematographer Erik Messerschmidt, but Roth says the entire style of the film is shot and edited like a 1930s movie, “It’s an incredible piece. He did a black-and-white 30s movie. It looks like a 30s movie and feels like one.”
This is really exciting for Fincher fans. Seeing him direct and shoot outside the box with a story steeped in nostalgia makes me excited to wear a face mask and survive until October.
Again, according to Collider, the cast is made up of Gary Oldman as the title character, Mank, alongside Tom Burke as Orson Welles, Amanda Seyfried as Marion Davies, Lily Collins as Rita Alexander, and Ozark breakout Tom Pelphrey as Mank’s brother.
The screenplay for Mank was written in the 1990s by the director's late father and former LIFE Magazine San Francisco bureau chief, Howard "Jack" Fincher. According to IndieWire, the movie has been a passion project for Fincher and was even in the works prior to his father's 2003 death.
While we don't have a trailer yet, we do have some interesting set photos to keep us excited...plus Fincher Analyst says it will be two hours and eleven minutes long.
I cannot wait.
Are you excited for Mank?
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