David Fincher’s 'Mank' should hit Netflix in October

Gregory Wakeman
SANTA BARBARA, CALIFORNIA - JANUARY 22: David Fincher speaks onstage at the Maltin Modern Master Award Honoring Brad Pitt during the 35th Santa Barbara International Film Festival at the Arlington Theatre on January 22, 2020 in Santa Barbara, California. (Photo by Matt Winkelmeyer/Getty Images for SBIFF)

With the film industry currently at a stand-still, and most future 2020 releases pushed back, cinephiles only have a handful of movies to look forward to over the next few months. 

One of those is David Fincher’s Mank, an upcoming biopic about screenwriter Herman J. Mankiewicz and his struggles with Orson Welles over credit for Citizen Kane. It is a very personal film for Fincher, as it was written by his father Jack. 

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Netflix are always rather secretive about the release dates for their movies, but producer Eric Roth has now revealed that the current plan is for Fincher’s first film since 2014’s Gone Girl to arrive in October. 

Roth is clearly rather excited about the release of Mank, too, as he told Pardon My Take, via Indiewire, “It’s an incredible piece. He did a black-and-white ’30s movie. It looks like a ’30s movie and feels like one.”

TORONTO, ONTARIO - SEPTEMBER 09: Gary Oldman attends the North American Premiere of 'The Laundromat' at the The Princess of Wales Theatre on September 09, 2019 in Toronto, Canada. (Photo by Emma McIntyre/Getty Images for Netflix)

However, while Roth, who previously wrote The Curious Case Of Benjamin Button for Fincher, and won an Oscar for writing Forest Gump, can’t wait for audiences to devour Mank, he did also joke, “Six people will go see it, but it’s pretty amazing.”

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Mank is expected to be one of the main contenders at next year’s Academy Awards, if they actually take place.

This isn’t just because the list of other Oscar contenders is expected to be severely reduced due to the COVID-19 pandemic. David Fincher is widely regarded as one of the greatest directors in modern movie history, yet he has never won an Academy Award. 

Mank, which will see Gary Oldman star in the titular role and will also feature Amanda Seyfried, Lily Collins, and Charles Dance, might just be the film that changes all of that.