David Fincher’s first movie in almost six years is being set up at the streaming giant that is Netflix.
The acclaimed filmmaker behind films such as Se7en, Fight Club, Zodiac and Gone Girl will be soon directing Mank, a biopic following Herman Mankiewicz, the scribe who earned an Oscar for writing Orsen Welles classic Citizen Kane. And set to take on the lead role: Oscar winner Gary Oldman.
Variety broke the news, reporting that the film is to be based on a screenplay written by David’s father, Jack Fincher, who wrote it prior to passing away in 2003. While plot details are still being kept under wraps, word is that the film will be focusing on Mankiewicz’s tumultuous period developing Citizen Kane‘s screenplay and the various clashes he had with Welles. The two ended up feuding over who got the credit.
Fincher originally wanted to make Mank after his ’97 thriller The Game, with Kevin Spacey circling the lead role at the time. The project failed to get off the ground due to Fincher’s desire to make the film in black and white, which he now has the green light to do.
This marks a big step in the continuing working relationship between Fincher and Netflix. Fincher has been a pivotal force behind House of Cards, Mindhunter and Love, Death & Robots.
Oldman, by the way, recently wrapped production on another Netflix movie: The Laundromat, which also stars Meryl Streep, Jeffrey Wright, Antonio Banderas and Will Forte.
Production on Mank will be kicking off in November.