David Fincher Gives Us 1930s Aesthetic in Official Teaser for Mank

A teaser so good everyone is ready to throw the Oscar to Fincher.

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Netflix just released the official teaser for David Fincher’s Mank, a biopic focused on a particular moment – screenwriter Herman J. Mankiewicz (Gary Oldman) as he races to finish the screenplay of Citizen Kane. This will be Fincher’s first feature film since 2014’s Gone Girl. He has been working on television projects like Minhunter, and he was also an executive producer for Love, Death & Robots.

The film also includes stars like Amanda Seyfried, Lily Collins, Arliss Howard, Tom Pelphrey, Sam Troughton, Ferdinand Kingsley, Tuppence Middleton, Tom Burke and Charles Dance.


How Did Mank Come to Be?

Mank is something Fincher has wanted to do for a long time, since his father wrote the screenplay before passing away in 2003. The story focuses on Herman J. Mankiewicz’s personal and professional battles to finish the script for Orson Welles’ iconic drama.


Fincher’s All-Star Team

The movie reunites Fincher with Trent Reznor and Atticus Ross, who did the score for The Social Network (which won them the Oscar), and the pair are providing the film’s original score. Keeping in mind the film’s 1930s setting, Reznor and Ross only used instruments that would be available at the time. Mank’s cinematographer is Erik Messerschmidt, who served as DP on several episodes of Mindhunter in Season 2. As you can tell from the teaser, Mank is shot in black and white to reflect the 1930s film aesthetic.

Considering the team involved, and how the Academy loves films about Hollywood (think La La Land), this film might really be Fincher’s ticket to a Best Director or Best Picture win at the Oscars.

Mank will be released in theatres and on Netflix December 4, 2020.

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