David Fincher is engaged in making his first feature film since 2014, a biopic about screenwriter "Citizen Kane" Herman Mankiewicz, with Gary Oldman called to play the role of the incumbent.
The film, entitled "Mank", is based on a screenplay by Fincher's late father, Jack, who wrote the screenplay before his death in 2003.
The details of the plot are vague, but according to some sources, the story would follow the tumultuous development of Mankiewicz's "Citizen Kane" script – which would be considered one of the best movies of all time – alongside director Orson Welles. Despite the critical success of the film, the screenplay was the only part of the film to win an Oscar.
The film will also be shot in black and white and production should begin in November.
Fincher will produce alongside production partners Cean Chaffin and Douglas Urbanski.
"Mank" is Fincher's first feature film since Fox's "Gone Girl" with Ben Affleck and Rosamund Pike. Fincher has worked mainly on television since "Gone Girl", in partnership with Netflix to direct programs such as "House of Cards", "Mindhunter" and "Love, Death & Robots".
Oldman, who won the Oscar for best actor for his performance of Winston Churchill in "Darkest Hour" last year, has directed several films, including "The Laundromat" by Steven Soderbergh, also at Netflix; "The woman at the window" and "The mail". It is taken over by APA and Douglas Management.