David Fincher directing biopic of Citizen Kane writer starring Gary Oldman

Film director and television producer returns to silver screen for first feature film since Gone Girl.

After 5 years of producing Netflix shows like House of Cards, David Fincher is dusting off his director’s chair to direct Mank, a biopic about Citizen Kane co-writer Herman Mankiewicz.

Mank has been a passion project of Fincher’s for the last two decades, and its screenplay was written by the director’s late father Jack Fincher, who passed away in 2003.

Netflix will premiere the film sometime next year as an exclusive, as Fincher continues his partnership with the online streaming giant.

The film’s titular character Herman J. Mankiewicz was a distinguished screenwriter best known for co-writing Citizen Kane with Orson Welles. Dubbed ‘the funniest man in New York’, Mankiewicz also wrote notable classics such as The Pride of the Yankees and The Wizard of Oz.

Gary Oldman has been confirmed to star as Mankiewicz, alongside his commitment to Steven Soderbergh’s Netflix film The Laundromat and The Woman in the Window by Joe Wright.

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Although Fincher has yet to confirm the synopsis, various sources have stated that the film will centre around the tumultuous script development of Citizen Kane, over which Welles and Mankiewicz famously clashed.

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