david fincher netflix deal

We already knew that David Fincher is teaming up with his Se7en writer, Andrew Kevin Walker, to make The Killer for Netflix with Michael Fassbender in the starring role. What we didn’t know, however, was when production on the film would get underway. And now we do. Read More »

Love Death and Robots Behind-the-Scenes Video

Love, Death + Robots bills itself as adult animation, but that doesn’t mean it’s just non-stop scenes of naked cartoon characters (although it doesn’t not mean that, either). It means these are animated titles that are designed to resonate with you as an adult. A new Love, Death + Robots behind-the-scenes video dives into the Netflix show’s inventive, often hyper-realistic animation styles.

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Mank and Screenwriters

In Mank, there’s a scene where screenwriter Herman J. Mankiewicz, played by Gary Oldman, awakens disoriented in a California mansion. He soon wanders out back to a film set, where he encounters two studio bigwigs. One of them is Louis B. Mayer, the co-founder of MGM. The other is Irving G. Thalberg, a producer who has his own Academy Award named after him. Thalberg has to explain to Mayer who “Mank” is, even though he co-wrote one of their movies (just as he co-wrote, or depending on who you ask, wrote Citizen Kane, often considered the greatest movie ever made).

In snappy dialogue, a quick picture unfolds of Mank and his place in the Hollywood ecosystem. He’s a hired gun who’s used to receiving notes from execs in “the oversight tent.” This is a businessman’s backyard where “movies are a team sport” and where studios “use writers by the truckload,” sometimes all at once, sometimes in relays. The astute viewer knows what Mank knows: that it’s usually a sign of trouble when you see a movie with a revolving door of screenwriters.

At this year’s Oscars, due to air on Sunday, Mank leads the pack with 10 nominations. Citizen Kane had nine yet it only won Best Original Screenplay—an ironic footnote, given that the film helped set the prototype for the auteur, or director-as-author. Like so many other crew members who labor behind the scenes to bring film narratives to life, screenwriters may not inspire the same brand-name loyalty as directors. However, their scripts are where the storytelling begins; and as Mank shows, it’s a process where words matter as much as moving pictures.

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Love Death + Robots Season 2 Trailer

After debuting in the spring of 2019, the animated anthology series Love Death + Robots is coming back for a second round of unique sci-fi stories. Filmmakers Tim Miller (Deadpool) and David Fincher (The Social Network) teamed up to executive produce the series that featured a variety of animation styles and narratives. This time, Jennifer Yuh Nelson (of the Kung Fu Panda sequels) jumped on board as supervising director, and we’ve got a first look at what they’ve cooked up with the Love Death + Robots season 2 trailer. Read More »

david fincher netflix deal

After a six-year absence from feature filmmaking, David Fincher finally returned with his acclaimed Hollywood drama Mank, which is enjoying awards buzz that could take it all the way to this year’s Oscars. And it looks like Fincher won’t be stopping that momentum any time soon, with the filmmaker juggling several upcoming projects on both the big and small screen.

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mank featurette

Netflix takes you behind the black-and-white curtain of David Fincher’s ode to Classic Hollywood with a newly released Mank featurette, dropped online just as awards season is beginning to ramp up. While Mank was effectively shut out of the Golden Globes Sunday night, winning none of its six nominations, Netflix hasn’t lost heart for the Oscar chances of the black-and-white drama. Watch the Mank featurette below.

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the killer david fincher

David Fincher recently signed an exclusive deal with Netflix, and it looks like he’s ready to make good on it. The filmmaker is gearing up to make The Killer for the streaming service, a film that he was originally going to make for Paramount back in 2007. The project will reunite Fincher with Seven screenwriter Andrew Kevin Walker, and will star Michael Fassbender as an assassin who slowly starts to go insane. It’s based on the French graphic novel Le Tueur.

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david fincher super bowl commercial

David Fincher got his start directing commercials, and now he’s returned to the medium for Anheuser-Busch’s first-ever Super Bowl commercial. As you might expect from Fincher, the commercial looks great. It’s also surprisingly…sweet? I mean, look, I know this is a damn beer commercial, so let’s all try not to get weepy over here. But for Fincher, this is extremely sentimental. The commercial also features music from Atticus Ross, who has co-scored several of Fincher’s movies along with Trent Reznor. Watch the David Fincher Super Bowl commercial below.

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Mank color photos

Netflix finds itself in an interesting position as this year’s odd Oscar season gets underway. Mank, director David Fincher‘s luxurious Old Hollywood period piece, was once considered a frontrunner in several categories, but as we get further and further from its release, it seems Netflix may be worried that voters might forget about the film in favor of whatever hot new thing they’ve seen more recently. So what is there to do?

Well, here’s one way to keep the film in peoples’ minds. The streaming service’s film-centric Twitter account has shared several behind the scenes Mank color photos, providing a stark juxtaposition with the classic black-and-white cinematography of the film itself. And hey, it worked: we’re talking about Mank again. Check out the photos below, which showcase stars Gary Oldman and Amanda Seyfried on the set “for the first time in glorious color.” Read More »

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david fincher on hollywood

I’m tipsy, and I’m thinking about Mank, both the movie and the man. I like to think he’d enjoy the thought of somebody drinking and writing about a portrayal of himself almost 70 years after his death. Maybe I’m wrong. What I do know is that Mank is a great movie.

Mank is also Fincher’s most revealing work to date. It is an epic drama that conveys what he has to say about films and the people behind them. Fincher isn’t exactly known for his warmth as a storyteller. The ending of The Game and The Curious Case of Benjamin Button are the possible exceptions, but even those are about how death is coming for us all. Mank is a rare life-affirming experience from the filmmaker, about the importance of people, not films. 

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