Director David Fincher has found his next film project and it's a project he's been trying to do since the late 90's The game. The film will be the star Gary Oldman and he will tell the story of Herman Mankiewicz, the newspaper man turned scriptwriter, known for his collaboration with Orson Welles on the classic film Citizen Kane.
The film will call Mank, nicknamed Mankiewicz, and produced by Netflix. Oldman will assume the role of the scriptwriter who would have had a "disproportionate influence in the golden age of Hollywood".
The script of the film was written by Jack Fincher, David's father. He was also a journalist, and the filmmaker will film the film in black and white so that he has that classic Hollywood vibe. Here are some details about Mankiewicz and this story thanks to THR:
Mankiewicz was a journalist and critic in the 1920s, as well as a member of Algonquin's famous literary club, the Algonquin Round Table. In the late 1920s, however, he was recruited by Paramount to come to Hollywood and work in the film industry in transition. He even persuaded other journalists to join the ranks of the writers, writing to Ben Hecht: "Millions of people must be seized here and your only competitor is an idiot."
Mankiewicz has worked on many now classic films such as Wizard of Oz, pride of the Yankees and Gentlemen prefer blondes but that was Kane this provoked the controversy that continued until his death. Mankiewicz and Welles both worked on the screenplay, but Mankiewicz accused the filmmaker of trying to make him forget, even claiming that Welles had offered to pay him back in exchange for a single credit.
Mankiewicz's supporters (many, whom Welles alienated as much as he attracted) applauded and chanted "Mank, Mank, Mank" when Kane won the Oscar for Best Original Screenplay, all two receiving the trophy ceremony).
It will be Fincher's first film since 2014 Missing girl. I am a big fan of Fincher and his movie. So I'm happy to see him board a new project after Second World War ended up being canceled. Mank will be a great project to work on and I can not wait to see how this story unfolds.
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