David Fincher to Direct Mank Starring Gary Oldman


It’s been five years since the release of David Fincher’s last film, Gone Girl, and although he has kept busy with some TV stuff for Netflix (Mindhunter, Love, Death + Robots), details surrounding his next movie behind the camera have remained mostly up in the air. For a while there, it looked like he was locked in to direct the World War Z sequel, but earlier this year we heard that Paramount had quietly cancelled the film due to budget concerns. Now this week we are hearing that Fincher is lining up a very different movie as his next project. It is a long-time passion project for him: a biopic about Citizen Kane screenwriter Herman Mankiewicz. Hit the jump to find out what we know.

According to THR, David Fincher will direct Mank for Netflix, a biopic centering on famed Hollywood screenwriter Herman J. Mankiewicz. Gary Oldman is attached to star and, in an interesting twist, the script was written by Fincher’s late father, Jack Fincher. Mankiewicz began his career as a journalist and Fincher’s dad was also a newspaperman.

Mankiewicz contributed to several classics from Hollywood’s Golden Age including The Wizard of Oz, Pride of the Yankees and It’s a Wonderful World. His work on Citizen Kane will likely be a big focus, however, since it resulted in a clash with Orson Welles over writing credit. The movie will be shot in black-and-white and seems like another chance for both David Fincher and Netflix to win some Oscars. Are you looking forward to Mank?

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  • Dirk Gently

    My interest peaked with the headline and disappeared by the end of the first paragraph.

  • Beat_C

    a biopic for netflix starring gary oldman? i’m oooooooout.

  • Fletcher Thomas

    Sounds like the absolute worst. I’m out. Fincher is cooked.

  • Lori Cerny