Director Takes On The Making Of Citizen Kane

Netflix has released the first trailer for David Fincher’s Mank, which stars Gary Oldman as screenwriter Herman J. Mankiewicz.

Mank marks Fincher’s first return to film since Gone Girl in 2017. The screenplay was first penned by his father, Jack, before his death in 2003. The anticipated drama tells the story of Citizen Kane writer Herman J. Mankiewicz as he battles to finish the screenplay.

LMO’s EvilAsh took a deep dive on Mank last month, You can read that here.

Here’s the trailer –

The official Netflix synopsis reads –

“It was too expensive. Because if you’re going to make a Hollywood insider movie—it’s nothing to do with Hollywood really, it’s Hollywood in the late thirties, early forties—you’ve got to make it really cheaply. We had a chance to make the movie for, like, $13 million, back in 1998 and, um, [guiltily] I wanted to make it in black and white. [Laughs] And that fucked up all those home video and video sellthrough and cable deals. I haven’t read it in a while. I probably should.”

Oldman stars as Mankiewicz, opposite Tom Burke as Orson Welles. The cast also includes Amanda Seyfried, Lily Collins, Ferdinand Kingsley, Tom Pelphrey and Arliss Howard.

Aaron Sorkin, who wrote Fincher’s The Social Network, recently told IndieWire the new film is –

“So freaking good”.

“Written by [Fincher’s] dad, who is a brilliant screenwriter. But David has directed this movie just magnificently. It’s breathtaking even by David Fincher standards. Gary Oldman gives an amazing performance, so does Lily Collins, and so does Amanda Seyfried as Marion Davies.”

Mank will be written and directed by Fincher. He previously helmed the limited series Mindhunter for Netflix, which has now been indefinitely put on hold. Trent Reznor and Atticus Ross will be scoring the film, having previously worked with Fincher on The Social Network and Gone Girl among others.

Mank will open in select theaters in November before arriving on Netflix on December 4th.