A biopic about Citizen Kane co-writer Herman Mankiewicz is happening and David Fincher is set to helm. Starring in the lead role will be acclaimed actor Gary Oldman.
The film titled ‘Mank’ will take Mankiewicz’ story center stage. He is best known as the screenwriting partner of Orson Welles in Citizen Kane that garnered them an Oscar for Best Original Screenplay. His lineup of works includes The Wizard of Oz, The Pride of the Yankees and Duck Soup.
The biopic will mark Fincher’s first feature film since Gone Girl from 2014. Since then, the director has kept himself busy producing and directing shows for Netflix. His projects include House of Cards, Mindhunter, and Love, Death & Robots. Directing a biopic is nothing new for Fincher with his Oscar-winning film 2010 The Social Network based on Facebook creator Mark Zuckerberg.
Interestingly, the film will be based on a script written by the director’s late father Jack Fincher before he died in 2003 as reported by Variety.
Acting as producers for the film will be Fincher as well as his wife Ceán Chaffin and Douglas Urbanski. It will reportedly be shot in black and white with production beginning later this year. While there are no official details as of yet regarding the film’s plot, it may be more or less based on Mankiewicz’ involvement in developing the script for Citizen Kane.
Oldman’s role in the film certainly isn’t his first in the biopic genre. The veteran actor has taken the role of real-life personalities including Sid Vicious, Ludwig van Beethoven a presidential assassin Lee Harvey Oswald in respective movies about their lives. We recently saw Oldman as Winston Churchill in 2017 war drama, Darkest Hour. The striking performance earned him an Academy Award for Best Actor.