90s mank

David Fincher is notorious for having a very particular way of doing things. It’s gotten the filmmaker in the headlines a couple times: Oh, Gary Oldman had to do 100 takes; oh, production shut down because of Ben Affleck’s hat.

But every now and then, one of those tics will prevent Fincher’s project from ever getting off the ground. See: the upcoming Mank, which had been a longtime passion project for Fincher, with a development history reaching back to the ’90s. Fincher’s father Jack wrote the script in the 1990s, and the filmmaker originally intended to film it after he completed The Game in 1997, but the project sadly fell apart. But what would the ’90s Mank have looked like? For one, it would likely have starred Kevin Spacey and Jodie Foster rather than Oldman and Amanda Seyfried, Fincher revealed.

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david fincher mank takes

You know the drill: anytime there’s a new David Fincher movie we are all required by law to talk about how many takes he shot. Cast members of the film in question come forward and say, “I shot a lot of takes!” We report it. Fincher rolls his eyes. Then we move on, only to revisit the story again whenever Fincher gets around to making another movie. After taking a hiatus from feature films, Fincher is back this year with Mank, and sure enough, stories are starting to trickle in about Fincher and all his damn scene takes.

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mank review

“It isn’t enough to tell us what a man did. You’ve got to tell us who he was.” – Citizen Kane

Herman J. Mankiewicz, genius Hollywood screenwriter, has been sent away to Arizona. Broken – his leg is in a thick cast following a car accident – and eager to get drunk at the drop of a hat, Mank – as everyone calls him – has been tasked with hammering out a screenplay for Hollywood’s new golden boy, Orson Welles. And Mank has a whopper of an idea: he’s going to write about newspaper tycoon William Randolph Hearst, one of the most powerful men in the country. It’s a subject Mank is well-versed in, having spent countless nights drunkenly cavorting at Hearst’s castle-like estate San Simeon. Mank knows Hearst. Knows the people in Hearst’s inner-circle. And with his clacking typewriter, he’s going to destroy them all – and possibly himself, in the process.

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mank cinematography

David Fincher‘s Mank is headed our way, marking Fincher’s return to feature filmmaking after 2014’s Gone Girl. The feature will see Fincher heading back to Hollywood in the 1930s, telling the story of Herman J. Mankiewicz, writer of Citizen Kane. It’s Fincher’s first movie in black and white, and in a new interview, Fincher details the work that went into not just making a black and white movie, but making a movie that’s supposed to look – and sound – old.

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mank trailer

No one can play an unraveling genius like Gary Oldman, though the “genius” part may be in question in David Fincher‘s highly anticipated return to feature filmmaking, Mank. Fincher’s first film in six years is a portrait of 1930s Hollywood, with Oldman’s Citizen Kane screenwriter Herman J. Mankiewicz at the center — though most people just call him Mank. Watch the official Mank trailer below.

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mank trailer breakdown

Happy Mank day, everyone! The trailer for David Fincher‘s long-awaited return to feature films dropped today, and it’s stylish and cheeky in all the right ways. There’s even an old-timey Netflix logo to seal the deal. To be fair, though, this is really a teaser, so there’s not a whole lot of detail. It’s more like a mood piece introducing us to the basic story – alcoholic screenwriter Herman J. Mankiewicz (Gary Oldman) has to write Citizen Kane, on the double! And make it snappy! It’s a true story, and if you’re not entirely familiar with the background of who is playing who in Mank, I’m here to help with a mini-trailer breakdown.

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mank trailer

David Fincher is back with his first feature film since 2014’s Gone Girl, and that’s cause for celebration. Mank is a 1930s Hollywood story about Herman J. Mankiewicz, the screenwriter who wrote the screenplay for Citizen Kane – although director Orson Welles later tried to take most of the credit, and various different accounts of what really happened have muddied the waters a bit. Gary Oldman plays Mankiewicz, leading a cast that includes Amanda Seyfried, Lily Collins, Tom Burke, and more. Watch the Mank trailer below.

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mank release date December

At long last, we know when the new movie by David Fincher will arrive. Mank, Fincher’s movie about Citizen Kane screenwriter Herman J. Mankiewicz, will roll out in select theaters in November (assuming theaters are still open by then) before hitting Netflix in December. Gary Oldman stars as Mankiewicz, leading a cast that includes Amanda Seyfried, Lily Collins, Tom Pelphrey, Tuppence Middleton, and more.

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Mank First Look Photos

It’s been six years since David Fincher last released a film, but his next film, Mank, will go behind the scenes of one of Hollywood’s greatest films. So it’s fitting that, a month after we received the first look images from Mank, we’ll get some behind-the-scenes photos of Fincher’s highly anticipated upcoming movie.

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Mank First Look Photos

Director David Fincher is back with his first feature film since Gone Girl in 2016. The film is called Mank, and Netflix will be releasing it this fall, hoping to get some awards season glory with a story about screenwriter Herman J. Mankiewicz as he worked on the screenplay for the influential Hollywood classic Citizen Kane, directed by Orson Welles.

In honor of the 79th anniversary of the wide release of Citizen Kane, Netflix released a batch of Mank first look photos, revealing Gary Oldman as Mankiewicz, as well as Amanda Seyfried, Charles Dance, and Lily Collins, all in glorious black and white photography. Read More »