David Fincher has never done conventional material. Whether it’s Fight Club, The Social Network, or his last feature film Gone Girl (Which he did nearly 5 years ago in 2014), he’s never been afraid to try new things. Some might think it’s because of his style or how he tries to do projects that distinct themselves from major studio projects (Of which he has a tumultuous relationship with since he faced studio interference during his first film Alien 3 back in the 1990’s). However, in a rare moment of sentimentality, Fincher’s newest project is a family matter at heart.
Before his death in 2003, Fincher’s late father, Jack, penned an interesting biopic revolving around Citizen Kane screenwriter Herman Mankiewicz titled Mank. The film would deal with Mankiewicz’s development of Kane alongside director Orson Welles. For those unaware, despite the film now being considered one of the greatest films of all time (Some see it as THE greatest film ever made), the film failed to win any Oscars except for Mankiewicz’s script and faced controversy for it’s comparison to a real-life tycoon of that era.
Now, it’s been announced Fincher will direct the film himself with Gary Oldman set to play Mankiewicz. In addition, to keep with the black and white cinema of the era Citizen Kane was filmed in, Mank itself will be shot in black and white. Shooting is set to begin in November with Fincher also producing alongside Cean Chaffin and Douglas Urbanski.
Knowing Fincher, this will be another spectacular and visceral film to see on the big screen. Stay tuned!