David Fincher’s Mank does not arrive on Netflix until Dec. 4th, but the movie is currently playing in select theatres as of this weekend. As a result, Fincher has been doing some press for the movie and an interesting bit of news has come to light courtesy of French magazine Premiere. According to Fincher himself, he has currently entered into an exclusivity deal with the streaming service. It is unclear exactly when the deal came about but he is locked in for the next four years and it sounds like anything he does during that time will be a Netflix original. Here’s what he had to say:
“Yes, I have an exclusivity deal with [Netflix] for another four years. And depending on Mank‘s reception, I’ll either go see them sheepishly asking them what I can do to redeem myself or take the attitude of the arrogant asshole who’ll require making other films in black and white. [Laughs] No, I’m here to deliver them ‘content’ — whatever it means— likely to bring them spectators, in my small sphere of influence.”
He also commented that the deal will give him the opportunity to try some different things and to fill out his body of work. Fincher’s relationship with Netflix started with House of Cards and the true crime series Mindhunters, but he found it somewhat exhausting and wanted to do more movie projects instead of a third season of that show. That seems to be how the exclusivity deal came about, although it is strange that they wouldn’t have announced it at the time. Fincher has had a handful of studio projects get stuck in development hell over the past decade which is probably one of the reasons why this arrangement appealed to him. Do you think this Netflix deal will prove to be a good or bad thing for David Fincher’s career?