David Fincher's upcoming film Mank tells the story of Herman J. Mankiewicz's struggle to write the classic Citizen Kane. The trailers were released yesterday and this just became my next must-see movie. It will have a theatrical release in November before Netflix starts streaming it December 4.
A couple cool factoids about Mank from the IndieWire article linked above:
Netflix's synopsis for "Mank" reads: "1930's Hollywood is re-evaluated though the eyes of scathing social critic and alcoholic screenwriter Herman J. Mankiewicz as he races to finish the screenplay of Citizen Kane for Orson Welles."
Trent Reznor and Atticus Ross, the director's longtime composers and Oscar winners for "The Social Network", are providing the film's original score. To keep with the film's period setting, Reznor and Ross relied only on instruments that would be available at the time, which means fans shouldn't expect a synth-oriented score.
Gary Oldman, who just won an Oscar last year for playing Winston Churchill, plays Mankiewicz. I wouldn't be surprised if he's looking at another Oscar nomination.
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