June 18, 2020

David Fincher's Black and White Biopic 'Mank' is Set to Hit Netflix in October

There is no summer movie season, but October brings us the new Fincher on Netflix...

While the summer movie season has been a total bust thanks to COVID-19, some good news came out today. Netflix is eyeing an October release for the new David Fincher movie, Mank. 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) and mentioned that Mank is supposed to be released by Netflix in October. 

While Netflix has not officially let the date slip, it seems plausible that October would be perfect for the release. 

But even cooler than that are the details that Roth spoke about. 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.

I cannot wait. 

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