Let us all rejoice, for David Fincher is returning to direct his first feature film since Gone Girl in 2014, according to Variety. The film will explore the life of Citizen Kane screenwriter Herman Mankiewicz, in particular the events surrounding the creation of Citizen Kane. Mankiewicz co-wrote the script with director Orson Welles, and their efforts earned them the Best Adapted Screenplay award at the Oscars.
The script for the movie, entitled Mank, was penned by Fincher’s father Jack Fincher before his death in 2003. Gary Oldman has been tapped to play the titular role, which comes as no surprise. Oldman is no stranger to biopics, having won the Oscar for Best Actor at the 2018 Academy Awards for his role as Sir Winston Churchill in The Darkest Hour.
The movie is said to begin filming in November of this year, and is a collaboration with Netflix. It seems that the streaming giant has taken a liking to biopics of late, given their teaming up with Martin Scorsese for his film The Irishman, as well as a Hulk Hogan biopic in the works. Fincher, his wife Ceán Chaffin and Douglas Urbanski are all onboard to produce. The biopic will be filmed in black and white, which will certainly serve to hammer in the nostalgia of Citizen Kane, given its similar black and white state.
After Fincher’s stint in TV (his TV projects include Mindhunter and Love, Death & Robots), it’s good to have him back in movieland. Let’s hope we won’t have to wait too long for this film to reach our screens.