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Gary Oldman To Star In David Fincher’s Biopic Of ‘Citizen Kane’ Screenwriter

At long last David Fincher (The Social Network, Fight Club) has finally found his follow-up to 2014’s Gone Girl.

Courtesy of The Hollywood Reporter, Fincher is teaming up with Academy Award winner Gary Oldman for a Herman Mankiewicz biopic. The famed screenwriter is best known for his collaboration and conflict with Orson Welles on 1941’s Citizen Kane.

The plan is to begin shooting Mank this fall. Fincher will direct from a script by his father Jack Fincher. Oldman will star as Mankiewicz.

In keeping with the nostalgia of the Golden Age of Hollywood, Mank will be in black and white.

Mankiewicz worked on a number of what are now classic films, including The Wizard of Oz (1939) and Gentlemen Prefer Blondes (1953). Despite his impressive filmography, the quarrel with Welles behind the scenes of Citizen Kane looms large over Mank’s storied career. Though the two wrote the film together, Mankiewicz accused his partner of trying to force him out of receiving credit.

Fincher has long tried to bring Mank to the screen. It was originally going to be the filmmaker’s next project after 1997’s The Game.


What do you make of this news? Are you excited that David Fincher has finally signed on to do his next movie? And is this something you plan on checking out? Sound off in the comments below and let me know your thoughts!

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