Director David Fincher has found his next film project, and this is one he has been trying to realize since the late 1990s after making The Game . The film will star Gary Oldman and the story of Herman Mankiewicz the newspaper author best known for his collaboration with Orson Welles . on the classic Citizen Kane .
The movie is called Mank which was the nickname for Mankiewicz and is produced by Netflix. Oldman will take on the role of scriptwriter, who allegedly had an "oversized influence in the Golden Age of Hollywood."
The script for the film was written by Jack Fincher David's father. He was also a newspaper man, and the filmmaker will shoot the film in black and white so he has the classic Hollywood atmosphere. Here are some details about Mankiewicz and this story thanks to THR:
Mankiewicz was a reporter and critic in the 1920s and a member of the famous New York literary club Algonquin Round Table. In the late 1920s, however, he was hired by Paramount to come to Hollywood and work in the film business, which was switched to talkies. He even persuaded other journalists to join the ranks of scriptwriters and wrote to Ben Hecht: "There are millions to bring here, and your only competitors are idiots."
Mankiewicz worked on numerous meanwhile classic films such as Wizard of Oz, Pride of Yankees and Gentlemen prefer blondes but it was Kane that sparked controversy involving him persecuted until his death. Both Mankiewicz and Welles worked on the script, but Mankiewicz accused the filmmaker of trying to get him out of the limelight and even said Welles had offered to pay him off in return for his sole merit.
Mankiewicz's backers (who were numerous as the spiny cores alienated themselves as much as he dressed) cheered and cheered "Mank, Mank, Mank" as Kane won the Oscar for Best Original Screenplay and both received the trophy (although none of them participated in the ceremony).
This will be Fincher's first film since 2014's Gone Girl. I'm a big fan of Fincher and his film work, and I'm glad that he will be canceled after the 2nd World War jumps aboard a new project. Mank is going to be a great project for him and I'm looking forward to seeing how this story unfolds.
While we wait for the movie, enjoy this version of the Drunk History story!