14 Jul 2019 AT 10:00 AM

David Fincher's next Netflix movie is written by his dad

The latest from the Gone Girl director is a biopic about Herman Mankiewicz, the screenwriter for Citizen Kane and The Wizard of Oz.
14 Jul 2019 AT 10:00 AM
David Fincher's next Netflix movie is written by his dad

It’s seems like it’s been forever since acclaimed director David Fincher has done anything, with his last real credit being executive producer and brief director of Netflix’s Mindhunter along with Love, Death & Robots.

Well, before he goes onto World War Z 2 (groan), he’s directing Netflix’s Mank, a biopic about Herman Mankiewicz, the screenwriter for Citizen Kane and The Wizard of Oz.

Don’t know Fincher? He’s also behind Se7en, Fight Club, Panic Room, The Curious Case of Benjamin Button and The Social Network.

The flick itself will follow the tricky development of Citizen Kane and will be shot entirely in black and white. Gary Oldman, recently seen under several layers of makeup as Winston Churchill in Darkest Hour, will play the role of Mankiewicz.

Interestingly, the script for Mank is at least 16 years old, having been penned by Fincher’s father, Jack, before his death in 2003. The film was originally going to be Fincher’s follow up to 1997’s The Game, with Kevin Spacey in the lead, only for a fallout over the director’s insistence that it be shot in black and white.

Well, it finally looks like he won that argument, and it only took 16 years. Being as impactful as Citizen Kane itself may be a bit of a tall order, but hopefully Mank is good enough for a binge watch.

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