The Netflix Original film pairs Fincher with Academy Award winner Gary Oldman and his late father, Jack Fincher.
The long wait for David Fincher’s new footage ended with the Netflix premiere of the first trailer for “Mank”, the director’s first feature film since the 2014 theatrical release of “Gone Girl”. Along with Aaron Sorkin’s “The Trial of the Chicago 7” and Ron Howard’s “Hillbilly Elegy”, Fincher’s “Mank” is one of the streaming giant’s best prospects for the Oscars this year. “Mank” will be released in theaters before streaming in early December.
Netflix’s synopsis for “Mank” reads: “1930s Hollywood is re-evaluated through the eyes of ferocious social critic and alcoholic screenwriter Herman J. Mankiewicz as he races to finish Citizen Kane’s script for ‘Orson Welles’.”
As usual, Fincher assembled a team of stellar craftsmen to bring “Mank” to life. Trent Reznor and Atticus Ross, the director’s longtime composers and Oscar winners for “The Social Network,” provide the film’s original soundtrack. To maintain the film’s vintage setting, Reznor and Ross only relied on tools that would have been available at the time, meaning fans shouldn’t expect a synth-oriented soundtrack. Filming the film is director of photography Erik Messerschmidt, who first worked with Fincher as a gaffer on “Gone Girl” before serving as DP in several episodes of “Mindhunter” season 2. “Mank” is shot in black and white to look and feel like a 1930s movie.
“He’s so damn good,” Fincher’s “Social Network” writer Aaron Sorkin recently raved about “Mank”. “Written by [Fincher’s] dad, who is a brilliant screenwriter. But David directed this movie beautifully. It’s breathtaking even by David Fincher’s standards. Gary Oldman delivers a stunning performance, as does Lily Collins, and so does Amanda Seyfried as Marion Davies. “
Netflix will release “Mank” in streaming on December 4th. A limited theatrical release is scheduled for November. Watch the first official trailer of the drama in the video below. An extended version of the teaser plays exclusively on Reddit for a limited time (at the 30-minute limit).